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Learn to Speak English Fluently: Use of ‘is’ with ‘he’ and ‘she’

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In the previous unit you have learnt about making “Questions with ‘am’ “. In this unit you will learn the use of ‘is‘.  We use ‘is’ with ‘he’, ‘she’ or ‘with a person’s name’, to refer to ‘one’ and to talk about the other person in the present. It is used —

  • To introduce a boy or a man, we use ‘is’ with ‘he’ and to introduce a girl or a woman, we use ‘is’ with ‘she’.

He is Mohan.
She is my sister, Mary.
He is …………. (You can mention a person’s name)

  • To identify a person.

He is a lawyer.                  
She is a doctor.
He is a cricketer.

  • To identify another person by name and occupation.

John is a professor.
Priyanka is a surgeon.
Shantha is a businesswoman.

1 2 3
He
She
Wilson
Mary
My brother
My sister
is a reporter.
a pilot.
a writer.
an eye specialist.
a scientist.
a judge.

You can make sentences using the above table, and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.


salesman               manager              
Principal                auto driver
advocate                chemist                  
receptionist          mechanic
executive                broker                    
surgeon                   photographer
architect                  director                  
watchman              nurse     
  • To talk about a person’s physical state, mental state or situation.

He/She is hungry.
He/She is tense.
Venu/Reema is thirsty.

1 2 3
He
She
Vamshi
Mumtaz
My friend
My manager
is tired.
injured.
surprised.
unhappy.
gullible.
shrewd.
dominating.

You can make sentences using the above table and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

slim                        fat                      
young                   promoted
old                          hurt                  
mad                       wise
sensible               calm                  
stressed               friendly
tempted               felicitated      
invited                  cheated
  • To talk about another person’s action which is in the present continuous state.

He is studying engineering.
She is singing a song.
Tom/He is acting in a film.
Angela/She is working in a school.

1 2 3
He
She
Mohan
Mary
My uncle
My colleague
is learning English.
watching a film.
working.
baking a cake.
washing clothes.
telling a story.

You can make sentences using the above table and also by substituting words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.


asking                allowing              
baking                breaking
writing               calling                  
cooking             digging
getting               helping                  
leaving               missing
operating          painting                
lecturing           writing

Exercise: Write more sentences using the examples, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

Negative and Negative Contracted Forms of ‘is’
Positive Form Negative Form Negative Contracted Form.
is is not isn’t

He is a good doctor.
He is not a good doctor.
He isn’t a good doctor.

Contracted Forms of ‘is’ with ‘he’ and ‘she’
Positive Form Negative Form
Long Form Contracted Form Long Form  Contracted Form
He is He’s He is not He’s not/He isn’t
She is She’s She is not She’s not/She isn’t
Positive Statement         Short Form

He is a priest.                                        He’s a priest.
She is a fashion designer.              She’s a fashion designer.

Negative Statement         Short Form

Peter is not a pathologist.               Peter isn’t a  pathologist.
He is not a geologist.                          He’s not/He isn’t a geologist.
She is not a fashion designer.        She’s not/She isn’t a fashion designer.

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You can check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries