ELLLO Beginner English Lesson 2-07

Was / Were

Watch these videos to learn how to use the 'be' verb in the past tense.

Past Tense - Be - Was / Were

The past tense refers to actions that happened and ended before the present time.

The be verb has two past tense forms, was and were. First and third person singular use was. We use the contraction wasn't instead of was not in spoken English.
  1. I was at home yesterday. I wasn't at work.
  2. It was a fun party. It wasn't boring at all.
  3. He was sad all day. He wasn't happy.
  4. She was a good teacher. She wasn't strict.
All plural forms and second person singular use were and were not. We use the contraction weren't instead of were not in spoken English.
  1. You were right. You weren't wrong.
  2. They were late. They weren't on time.
  3. We were happy with the food. We weren't disappointed.
  4. You were so noisy. You weren't very quiet!

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