Using “Was” and “Were”
Was, is used in reference to the past as is in the case of:
Yesterday, I was at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg
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.
I was told to return home
We were told to return home.
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:
- 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,