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    I was tired last night

    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)

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    #2

    Re: I was tired last night

    "Tired" and "were" are verbs. I see no place for -ing forms in either sentence.

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    #3

    Re: I was tired last night

    Why is 'tired' not an adjective?

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    #4

    Re: I was tired last night

    Oops! It is an adjective.

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    Re: I was tired last night

    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.

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    #6

    Re: I was tired last night

    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.

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    Re: I was tired last night

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    was/were is used as a main verb
    I think they are used as a linking verb in your sentences, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I was tired last night

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    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.
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    To understand bit better:

    May I say that whenever the sentence is with "to be" (was/were, is/ am/ are as main verb) then it will never be followed by a verb.

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    Re: I was tired last night

    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

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    #10

    Re: I was tired last night

    That all depends on how you define "verb". Technically, a participle is not a verb. It is a verbal or a verb form. It cannot be the main verb in a clause or sentence.

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