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Verb to be in past was/were

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Miguel Castillo

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Transcript of Verb to be in past was/were

Examples:


You
weren't
responsible when You Were in high school .
TYPES OF QUESTIONS
Questions to answer "Yes" or "No":


-
Were
you a football player at the school?
- Yes, I
was
.
-
Was
she a model?
- No, she
wasn't
.
-
Were
they your friends?
- No, they
weren't
.
-
Was
Richard your boyfriend?
- Yes, he
was
.
-

Were
we on a test?
- Yes, you
were
.
Was / were
( interrogative )
Was / were
(negative )

Usually to express negative sentences to talk / write contractions indicated
"was not "
used and
"were not".

To make the negative not only adds after
was, were
and it can be:
wasn't, contraction, weren't .
Exercise
Complete the following sentences with the correct form of
there was
or
there were
.
Verb to be in past was/were
BE CAREFUL!
Do not confuse the verb to be in the past,
was / were
, with the auxiliary
did
, used in the form
negative and question the simple past . observe the difference:
Was / were
(affirmative)
Was / were it is how simple past of the verb "to be "( ser / estar ) In this simply is, are , am .
Look at the table below to see which subjects are used with
was
an which with
Were


Note
Examples
Note that the auxiliary "
was
" is used only with those singular pronouns , referring to one person, the auxiliary "
were
" is used with plural pronouns.
Examples "Ser"
:
I
was
a student of this school
She

was
a model
They
were
good kids

Examples "Estar "
:
I
was
at the beach This Morning
We
were
married
You
were
wrong
My best friend
wasn't

at school last week .
In the specific case of questions the grammar is still seen before . For questions of "
Yes
" or "
No
" , we use the assistant at first
"was"
or
"were"
depending on who you talk to. For specific questions put at first the question word " Wh- " followed by the auxiliary in the past.
"Wh-" question + past of "to be" verb auxiliar + complement
Specific questions :
- Where
were
you?
- I
was
at the bank.

- Where
were
Fernando and his girlfriend this morning?
- They
were
home.

- Who
was
that person?
- He
was
my father.

- What
was
that?
- That
was
a thunder.

- When
was
Mary at the store?
- She
was
at the store in the afternoon.
My father
was

very nervous last night

* In this example the verb is TO BE
My father
didn´t
travel by plane before.

* In this example the main verb is TO TRAVEL
Past simple: ' There was , There Were '
It is the last form of there is / there are.
There was
a chair
Había una silla
There were
some chairs
Había unas sillas
As in the simple present we will use '
there was
' when the noun it accompanies a singular noun and uncountable '
There Were
' with accounting plural nouns .
affirmative

Keep in mind that '
there was
' and '
There Were
' can not get in the affirmative form .

It is formed with the past of the verb 'to be' in the singular or plural as appropriate.
Examples
singular

There
was
a bank
plural
There
were
some banks
Negative


The negative is formed by the past of the verb 'to be' in a negative way
( there was not / were not)
. Often the use of the contracted form
( there wasn't / there weren't ) .
There wasn't a shop
There weren't any shops
There was not a shop
There were not any shops
Examples
Interrogative

The interrogative forms of the verb
"to be"
in the past
( was / were )
followed by " there" .

These questions are answered with the short form : "
Yes , there was / were
" or
" No, there wasn't / weren't " .

Was
there a park there?
Yes, there
was

No, there
weren't

Were
there any restaurants?
Yes, there
were

No, there
weren't



1 ____ a birthday cake.
There was
There were
2 ____ a lot of people in New York.
There was
There were
3 ____ music at their party?
Was there
Were there
4 ____ any money in her wallet.
There was not
There were not
5 ____ a music festival in your town?
Was there
Were there


6 ____ any chocolate biscuits.
There weren't
There wasn't
7 ____ many children there.
There were
There was
8 ____ twenty students in her class?
Was there
Were there
9 ____ any wood chair.
There wasn't
There weren't
10 ____ any men at the airport?
Was there
Were there
Answers
1 There was
2 There were
3 Was there
4 There was not
5 Was there
6 There weren't
7 There were
8 Was there
9 There wasn´t
10 Were there
Bibliography
http://www.ingenierogeek.com/
http://www.uv.mx/portalcadi/
http://www.vitutor.com/gramatica_inglesa/verbs/there_was.html
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