Definition: 'Were'

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  • Length: 4 characters
  • Syllables: 1

Results for word: were

Lexical Information:
  • One of the 220 words in the Dolch high frequency list
  • In the top 2,000 words in the Brown Corpus
  • Common word- this is one of the thousand words most frequently used in English.
  • A list of about 3,000 words defined as easy for the Dale-Chall Readability Formula
Grammatical Information:
  • Auxiliary Verb
  • Copula Verb
  • Auxiliary verbs are used to show tense, aspect and voice, as well as in forming questions and negatives
  • Copula (also called copular or linking verbs) verbs connect the subject to the complement
  • A verb describes an action or a state
  • A verb can include information about the duration, time of the action or state, the people involved and whether it is habitual, complete or not
  • Irregular Verb- Past Simple
Usage Notes:
  • You can say I WISH I,IT, SHE, HE + WERE or I, SHE,IT, HE + WAS
  • THERE WAS or WERE + noun phrase

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