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Using “Was” and “Were”

Past Tense

Was, is used in reference to the past as is in the case of:

Yesterday, I was at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg

Or

A few days ago, I was at the Concert of Hope, where the Watoto Children's choir performed.

 

Singular Vs Plural Forms:

When referring to singular forms or subjects, “Was” is used. For example:

The girl was told to go back home.

The boys/girls were told to go back home.

Or

I was told to return home

We were told to return home.

 

Hypothetical Situations:

However, one can use were in singular form to refer to hypothetical situations, as used below:

If I were any stronger I would help you carry the entire load.

 

Other ways to use were:

Questions:

  • Were you at the Concert of Hope last night? – Generally seeking to know if you were at the concert.
  • Were you not at the Concert of Hope last night?  – meaning the person asking was under the impression that you were at the concert.
  • The above question could also be: Weren't you at the Concert of Hope last night?

 

Enjoy using these correctly,

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