"Tired" and "were" are verbs. I see no place for -ing forms in either sentence.
Student or Learner
I was tired last night.
You were late yesterday.
Are "tired" and "late" are verbs in the above sentences? If so, then why "ing" form if verbs has not been used above with was and were. (like in past continuous tense)
Why is 'tired' not an adjective?
I late also an adjective in the 2nd sentence? My doubt is that if was/were is used as a main verb then there can't be another verbs.
To clarify, "tired" and "late" are adjectives in those sentences.
I (subject) was (verb) tired (adjective) ...
You (subject) were (verb) late (adjective) ...
Both sentences use the simple past of the verb "to be" followed by an adjective.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
I think you can't say so because the verb 'to be' can be followed by a past participle to form the passive voice, but I am not a teacher.
For more details, see http://www.didatticademm.it/old2/did...ssive_verb.pdf