I know not to use "you, me, I, we" ect. but my teacher is now telling use that not to use "be, is, are, would," ect. in formal papers and this doesn't make any sense to me. Am I missing something? Yes, I think you have just not understood her point. There's nothing wrong with "be, is, are, would." I suggest you ask her again about this, and get her to give you some examples of what she means.

Best wishes, Clive
Yes, in what contexts?
I think you need to go back to your teacher on this.

I can see if she's working on creative imagery - for example, instead of saying "the girl is happy" you are supposed to write something like "the girl glows with happiness" - then you want to use other verbs besides the forms of "to be." But it makes no sense to say that you can't use them all.

Ask exactly what she meant.
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We traded papers in class... she told everyone to scan the paper for "you, me, I" and circle them.... that made sense... then she said to do the same with "is are were been am".... then to add them up multiply by 5 and thats how much she would have taken off if she was grading the paper that day. That made no sense to me, there is no way for me to rewrite my paper with out those "is" or "are".
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