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.
- I was at home yesterday. I wasn't at work.
- It was a fun party. It wasn't boring at all.
- He was sad all day. He wasn't happy.
- 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
- You were right. You weren't wrong.
- They were late. They weren't on time.
- We were happy with the food. We weren't disappointed.
- You were so noisy. You weren't very quiet!