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    was and were

    I can't figure out how to use was and were? Could someone provide me with the rules for was and were?

    e.g. The eyes (was, were) dilated. Wish word would be correct?

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    You say in your profile that your native language is English. Is it?

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    Yes, moderator. My native language is English but I just returned to school at 51 years old. I am trying to get reacquainted with the grammar and punctuation rules. I have excellent spelling ability but just somewhat confused on grammar. Thank you so much for all of your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Kirk View Post
    Yes, moderator. My native language is English but I just returned to school at 51 years old. I am trying to get reacquainted with the grammar and punctuation rules. I have excellent spelling ability but just somewhat confused on grammar. Thank you so much for all of your help.
    Starting at the beginning, a sentence has a subject and a verb. The subject and verb have to agree in number -- singular (1 thing) or plural (more than 1 thing). You have asked many questions about this subject. Since "eyes" describes more than one thing, it is plural. So the verb must be "were".

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    Thank you so much. This forum is really helping me.

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    Re: was and were

    Quote Originally Posted by Debra Kirk View Post
    I can't figure out how to use was and were? Could someone provide me with the rules for was and were?

    e.g. The eyes (was, were) dilated. Wish word would be correct?
    I was
    You were (singular)
    He/She/It was
    We were
    You were (plural)
    They were

    "The eyes" comes under "they".
    This is called a verb conjugation (in the past tense). 'To be', which is the verb of this conjugation is slightly irregular. (I was).
    Normally for the past tense, most verb forms are the same (I ran/walked, you ran/walked, he ran walked, etc.). I can't think of any other verbs irregular in the past tense.

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