The verb to be – Interrogative form

You will study the verb To Be in Interrogative form.


The verb To Be – Interrogative form


Imagen: The monument to multiculturalism. Creative Commons. Retrieved October, 2016 from.

Instructions: Read about Multiculturalism.

Multiculturalism relates to the existence, acceptance, and/or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an aboriginal ethnic group and foreigner ethnic groups. This can happen when a jurisdiction is created or expanded by amalgamating areas with two or more different cultures o through immigration from different jurisdictions around the world.

Is the United States a multicultural country?

Multiculturalism. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from


Getting started: Multiculturalism in the US

Instructions: Read the following information about Multiculturalism in the US:

Multiculturalism is not clearly established in the United States policy at the federal level, nevertheless ethnic diversity is common in both urban and rural areas.

Continuous mass immigration has been a feature of the US society and economy since the first half of the 19th century. The absorption of the stream of immigrants became, in itself, a prominent feature of the US’s national myth.

There is an idea of a melting pot (a metaphor) that implies that all the immigrant cultures are mixed and amalgamated without state intervention. The melting pot theory also implied that each individual immigrant, and each group of immigrants, assimilated into American society at their own pace. This is different than multiculturalism as its general definition does not include complete assimilation and integration.

The melting pot tradition co-exists with a belief in national unity dating from the American founding fathers.

Multiculturalism. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from

Questions and answers

Instructions: Match the questions to the answers.

1. Is Multiculturalism clearly established in the United States policy?

2. Are the melting pot idea and the immigrant cultures related?

3. Is the melting pot metaphor different from multiculturalism?

4. Are the melting pot metaphor and the national unity related?

To Be interrogative form

Let’s learn about the interrogative form of the verb To Be.

Instructions: Read the following information about the verb To Be in interrogative form:

To Be

Remember: The verb To Be is used to express state or feelings

The forms of Be in the Simple Present interrogative form are:

AM for I

IS for he, she, it

ARE for we, you, they

Look at the word order in the Interrogative form and short answers for it:

Subject Verb To Be Complement? Positive and
short aswers
Am I late for the class? Yes, you are.
No, you aren't.
Is Angelo a student here? Yes, he is.
No, he isn't.
Is Michelle your sister? Yes, she is.
No, she isn't.
Is that dog yours? Yes, it is.
No, it isn't.
Are you all College students? Yes, we are.
No, we aren't.
Are Peter and James In the English class? Yes, they are.
No, they aren't.


Am, Is or Are?

Instructions: Write Am, Is or Are in the following questions:

  1. I in your English class?
  2. in this school too?
  3. Mr. Davies our teacher?
  4. Emma in the same class?
  5. the classroom big?
  6. you and I in the same classroom?
  7. Emma and Sophie our mates?
  8. those boys good English students?
To Be questions and answers

Instructions: Match the questions and answers.

1. Are people of German ancestry the largest single ethnic group in the United States?

2. Is German the second language in the US?

3. Are you an Italian from the Tuscany in the US?

4. Are there many Russian immigrants in the country?

5. Is there a representative number of muslims?


Languages in the US

Instructions: Complete the following paragraph with the correct form of the verb To Be.

Native American languages spoken in the US? Yes, some of them are in smaller pockets of the country, but these populations are decreasing, and the languages are almost never widely used outside of reservations. Hawaiian, a native language? Yes, it is an official language along with English at the state level in Hawaii.

The state government of Louisiana offers services and documents in French, as does New Mexico in Spanish. Besides English, Spanish, French, German, Navajo and other Native American languages, all other languages are usually learned from immigrant ancestors that came after the time of independence or learned through some form of education. it a multicultural country?