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VERB TO BE IN PAST TENSE (WAS/WERE)

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Cindy Colonia

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Transcript of VERB TO BE IN PAST TENSE (WAS/WERE)

VERB TO BE IN PAST TENSE
NEGATIVE FORM
SUBJECT+WAS NOT / WERE NOT+COMPLEMENT
INTERROGATIVE FORM
WAS/WERE+ SUBJECT+COMPLEMENT+?
GRAMMAR
The past tense of "to be" is used to tell something about the subject that happened in the past.


We often use words such as "yesterday" or phrases such as "last week" or "last year" to indicate when something happened in the past .

The verb "be" is an irregular verb. We use "was" with a singular pronoun or noun and "were" with a plural pronoun or noun. An exception to this is the pronoun "you" which always uses "were".
AFFIRMATIVE FORM
SUBJECT+WAS/WERE+COMPLEMENT
EXAMPLE
+JOHN WASN'T THE NAME OF THE LAST GALAPAGOS TURTLES, ITS NAME WAS GEORGE.
+THE PYRENEAN IBEX WEREN'T OUT FROM THEIR HABITAT WHEN THEY DIED.
+THE BAIJI WASN'T ABLE TO BE REPRODUCED.
EXAMPLE
+THE GLOBAL WARMING WAS THE CAUSE OF THE EXTINCTION OF MAMMOTHS
+THE DINOSAURS WERE THE LARGEST ANIMALS
+LIONS WERE THE MOST MAMMALS EXTEND ON THE EARTH.
+I, HE, SHE AND IT USE
WAS

+THEY, WE AND YOU USE
WERE
+I,HE,SHE AND USE
WAS NOT/

WASN'T
+THEY,WE AND YOU USE
WERE NOT/WEREN'T
+I, HE, SHE, IT USE
WAS
+THEY, WE AND YOU USE
WERE
EXAMPLE
+WAS THE WORLD WAR II THE CAUSE OF THE JAPANESE SEA LION'S DEATH?
+WAS THE GLOBAL WARMING THE CAUSE OF THE GOLDEN TOAD'S DEATH?
+WAS THE JAVAN TIGER FROM INDONESIA?
+WERE THE CARNIVOROUS FISH THE CAUSE OF LITTLE GREBE DEATH?
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