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    Was vs Were

    Does anyone have a good tip about using the words was and were?


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    Re: Was vs Were

    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie
    Does anyone have a good tip about using the words was and were?

    Past tense, Present tense
    I was ugly. Now I am pretty. ( Subject has to be first person sigular)
    He was fat. Now he is even fatter! ( Subject has to be third person sigular)
    We were just rookies 3 months ago. Now we are seasoned. ( Subject has to be second person sigular, such as you; or second/third person plural, such as you, they, we)


    The usage of 'were' and 'was' in sunjuctive mood is another lesson. :wink:

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    Re: Was vs Were

    Thanks!

    by-the-way, do you have any other good tips about using in/on?

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    A. Refer to 'time' concept
    1.century/dynasty ==> in modern time/in the Han Dynasty
    2.year ==> in 2004/in the year of 2008/in the 1930s
    3.month ==> She was born in March.
    4.season ==> I love to go swimming in summer.
    5.a period of time in life ==> I am still in my yeens.
    6.in the morning/evening/daytime
    7.during a period of time ==> in the past/in the hour of victory.

    B. Refer to 'space' concept ==> in the car/park/room
    C. directional movement ==> I jump into the river.


    Hm, I suggest that you should narrow your question to a specific idea, such as on/in the desk or in the morning/on Monday morning. It would be easier to explain, rather than offering scattered explanation. But I try to compile some for you. Hope that helps. :wink: :D

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    I was fat. Now I am slim.

    Blacknomi was a novice. Now she is a veteran.

    They were going to come, but they changed their minds.

    We were rich, but now we are poor.

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    Valerie Guest
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    A. Refer to 'time' concept
    1.century/dynasty ==> in modern time/in the Han Dynasty
    2.year ==> in 2004/in the year of 2008/in the 1930s
    3.month ==> She was born in March.
    4.season ==> I love to go swimming in summer.
    5.a period of time in life ==> I am still in my yeens.
    6.in the morning/evening/daytime
    7.during a period of time ==> in the past/in the hour of victory.

    B. Refer to 'space' concept ==> in the car/park/room
    C. directional movement ==> I jump into the river.


    Hm, I suggest that you should narrow your question to a specific idea, such as on/in the desk or in the morning/on Monday morning. It would be easier to explain, rather than offering scattered explanation. But I try to compile some for you. Hope that helps. :wink: :D

    Thanks a lot!! It is exactly what I am looking for and your scattered explanation helped me more than a hundred examples I have seen in books. The dictionary is amazing and it has almost everything I need in it. Thank you again for all your help.
    :D

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    I'm glad to have been some of help. :D

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