Was vs. Were

  • The past tense of 'to be'
  • Describes a single person, place, or thing
    • example:  He was smart.
  • The past tense of 'to be'
  • Describes 2 or more people, places, or things
    • example:  We were smart.
  • Always use were when talking about "you"
    • example:  You were going to drive to the store, were you not?
  • Always use were when imaginging a scenario
    • example:  This would never happen if I were in charge.

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Cwm, crwth, & cwtch are the
only words with no vowels!


  • He was not happy.
  • She was right.
  • It was cold.
  • The cat was small.
  • They were playing a game.
  • They were right.
  • Were you serious?
  • Were you going to walk home alone?
  • I wouldn't do that if I were you.
  • I would fly around the world if I were a pilot.
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