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    i don't know the right way of using was

    i am confused with was tens

    why the verb takes two form (ing) and (ed)

    i am working

    he was killed

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    Re: i don't know the right way of using was

    Quote Originally Posted by frgh,i View Post
    i am confused with was tens

    why the verb takes two form (ing) and (ed)

    i am working

    he was killed
    Firstly, I want to say that I could barely understand what you want to express here...

    The most important thing is you have understand that a sentence should be consist of at least 2 things. Namely, subject and predicate.

    Your first sentence... I am working. (it is not a complete sentence unless you put (full stop there). If not, we call it as a fragment or phrase.

    2nd. He was killed. (It means that this sentence was happening in the past so you have to use past tense). However, to make this sentence better you can put the 'story' behind it.

    He was killed in an automobile crash few days ago.

    Perhaps this is not the answer that you have been looking for. If so, please elaborate more so I can try my best to help you...

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    Re: i don't know the right way of using was

    Quote Originally Posted by frgh,i View Post
    i am confused with was tens

    why the verb takes two form (ing) and (ed)

    i am working

    he was killed
    Was is the past tense of the verb 'to be', if you say, for example, 'I was seated' it is the simple past whereas 'I was sitting' is the past continuous.

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    Re: i don't know the right way of using was

    Quote Originally Posted by frgh,i View Post
    i am confused with was tens

    why the verb takes two form (ing) and (ed)

    i am working

    he was killed
    There are different uses of verb to be. e.g. present and past continuous, passive voice, etc.

    Present continuos: be + verb + ing. It is used for things happening now, at this moment.
    My brother is working in Germany.
    A: What are you doing?
    B: Im sending a text message to Sarah.
    It is also used to talk about arrangements in the future.
    Im not going to the match on Saturday.

    Past continuous: was/were + verb + ing. It is used to describe an action in progress at a specific moment in the past.
    At six oclock last night I was driving home.
    On Aprit 1st I was staying with some friends in the country.

    Passive voice:
    You can say things in two different ways, in the active or in the passive.
    Picasso painted Guernica. (active)
    In this sentence, the focus is more on the person. (Picasso)
    Guernica was painted by Picasso. (passive)
    In this one, the focus is more on the painting. (Guernica)
    The passive can also be used when who does or did the action is not known or not important.
    My car was stolen last week. (I dont know who stole it)

    Make the present passive with am/is/are + past participle:
    These offices are cleaned every morning.
    Make the past passive with was/were + past participle:
    The pyramids were built by the Egyptians.
    Use by to say who did the action:
    The Lord of the Rings was written by Tolkien.

    Hope that helps.


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    Re: i don't know the right way of using was

    thank you so much .

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