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What is the rule for using was and were?
If you want to remember easily, you can think of was/were as the past tense form of the auxiliary verbs am, is and are. Generally, “was is used for singular objects and “were” is used for plural objects. So, you will use “was” with I, he, she and it while you will use “were” with you, we and they.
What the difference between was and were?
When to use were Whereas was is the singular past tense of to be, were is used for both the third person plural past tense (they and we) and the second person past tense (you). In the past indicative, were acts similar to was. “They were at the store,” you could say, for example.
When can you use the word were?
Use “were” as a past tense verb, as the: First-person plural of “be” (We “were” busy last week.) Second-person singular and plural of “be” (You “were” busy last week.) Third-person plural of “be” (They “were” busy last week.)
Is were past tense?
Meaning – Were is the past tense of the verb are. Look at this example of were used in a sentence. Since were means the same as the past tense of are in this sentence, it is the correct word to use. Meaning – We’re is a contraction made from the two words we and are.
Was or were with there?
We use there is for a singular object in the present tense and there are for plural objects in the present. There was is used when you refer to one thing or person. There were is used when you refer to more than one thing or person.
When to use was and were examples?
Was is used in the first person singular (I) and the third person singular (he, she, it). Were is used in the second person singular and plural (you, your, yours) and first and third person plural (we, they). I was driving to the park. You were drinking some water.
Where or were in a sentence?
Were is the past tense of be when used as a verb. Where means in a specific place when used as an adverb or conjunction. A good way to remember the difference is that where has an “h” for “home”, and home is a place.
Was or were in a sentence?
Was or were after there?
KEY ELEMENT OF LESSON: There was – requires a SINGULAR NOUN. There were – requires a PLURAL NOUN.
Has been or had been?
“Had been” is used to mean that something happened in the past and has already ended. “Have been” and “has been” are used to mean that something began in the past and has lasted into the present time.
When to use was versus were?
These words are used differently in sentences, so it’s important to know when to use were vs. was. Was is used in the first and third person singular past. It is used for statements of fact. Were is used in the second person singular and plural and first and third person plural.
Should you use was or were?
Once the subject has been identified, use was if the subject is singular and were if the subject is plural. Keep this rule in mind when trying to decide whether to use was, were or some other form of the verb to be. For example: There was a dog in the road. (The subject is dog, a singular noun.)
Do we use ‘was’ or ‘were’?
But were is usually used in relation to second person singular and plural pronouns such as you, your, yours. It is also used with select first and third person plural pronouns such as we, they. We use was, on the other hand, when we’re using the first person singular pronoun I or using the third person singular such as he or she.