Learn to Speak English Easily: How to Use ‘am’?

Learn to speak English easily through the TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed specially to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple, systematic and in an easy way. To be able to speak fluently you should go through all the units and do the exercises. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?

In this unit, you will learn “How to Use ‘am’We use ‘am‘ with ‘I‘ in our day to day conversation to talk about oneself  in reference to the present.

Talking about oneself

‘Am’ with ‘I’ is used–

  • To introduce or talk about oneself

  I am ———–. (You can use your name)
  I am a student. 
  I am an engineer.

Note: We use ‘a‘ or ‘an‘ to talk about ‘one‘. But we do not use ‘a‘ or ‘an‘ before the name of a person. To learn the use of ‘a‘ or ‘an‘ refer to the unit Use of ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’.

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I am a graduate.
a teacher.
a businessman.
an actor.
an officer.
an Indian.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

saint                        chef
cricketer                dancer
driver                      singer
professor               designer
manager                director
journalist               tailor
inspector               lawyer
lecturer                  trainee

  • To talk about one’s physical, mental state or a situation.

I am hungry.
I am happy.
I am confident.

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I am tired.
intelligent.
strong.
bored.
shocked.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

angry                 rich
lazy                    smart
lucky                  handsome
beautiful          compatible
sick                     humble
serious              surprised
tired                  worried
anxious             friendly

  • To talk about an action, which is continuous in the present, in reference to oneself.

I am playing cricket.
I am reading the newspaper.
I am watching TV.

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I am studying Chemistry.
playing a game.
cooking food.
working on a project.
going to college.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use words from the following list or such other suitable words in column 3.

shopping               ironing
driving                  finding
arranging             checking
learning                riding
selling                    talking
speaking               helping
singing                   thinking
planning               surfing

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

Contracted and Negative Forms of ‘I am’

Positive Form Negative Form
  Long Form   Short Form   Long Form   Short Form
  I am     I’m   I am not   I’m not

Note: The negative of ‘am’ is ‘am not’. Its contracted (short) form is ‘ain’t’ but it is not used in formal English.

I am a manager.                 I’m a manager.
I am not a manager.         I’m not a manager.

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