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    were you?

    Can anyone tell me why were is used with you but not he/she?
    It still refers to only one person?

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    Re: were you?

    Quote Originally Posted by benji View Post
    Can anyone tell me why were is used with you but not he/she?
    It still refers to only one person?
    Because "you" is not only used for one person. "you" is also used for more than one person.
    In both cases we say '(you were)(were you)'. We don't say '(you was)(was you)'.

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    Re: were you?

    Quote Originally Posted by benji View Post
    Can anyone tell me why were is used with you but not he/she?
    It still refers to only one person?
    Remember that verbs change because of singular and plural, and "person."

    First person - singular: I
    First person - singular: We

    Second person, singular OR plural: you

    Third person - singular: He, she, it
    Third person - plural: Then

    In most cases, it is the third person, singular that has a different form of the verb.
    I run, we run, you run, they run -- but he runs.

    In the case of "to be" there are more variations.
    I am, I was
    We are, we were
    You are, you were
    He is, he was
    They are, you were

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