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Concept: Use of ‘was’ and ‘were’


  • Auxiliary is a helping verb as it helps another verb by giving more details about the mood or tense of the main verb.
  • Auxiliaries are divided into two sections: primary auxiliaries and modal auxiliaries.
  • Now, primary auxiliaries are further sub-divided into three parts: be, have, and do.
  • ‘Was’ and ‘Were’ fall under the category of ‘be’ auxiliaries.

Today, we will learn about ‘was’ and ‘were’ auxiliaries.


Let’s Learn about ‘was’ and ‘were’!

  • ‘Was’ and ‘Were’ are the past form of the verb ‘be’.
  • One of the most common roles of these verbs is to express tense.
  • The tense means the time when the event took place. The tense depends on the time when the statement is spoken.
  • The auxiliary ‘was’ and ‘were’ are auxiliary verbs that talk about one or more nouns in the past.
  1. Was
  2. The auxiliary ‘was’ is used with singular pronouns like I, he, she, and it.


  3. Were
  4. ‘Were’ is used with both singular and plural pronouns like you, your, yours, we, and they.




Usually, ‘was’ is for singular objects and ‘were’ is used for plural objects. But with the pronoun ‘you’, always use ‘were’ even though it is singular.


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