How to Use Was to Tell the State of Being

Home » Listening » How to Use Was to Tell the State of Being

‘Was’ is a past form of ‘to be’.

That is, was is a past tense of am and is.

Let’s see how to use ‘was’ in a sentence.

We can use ‘was’ to tell about the past-

  • state of being
  • physical condition
  • profession
  • continuous action

Use of was to tell about the past state of being

‘Was’ is used with ‘I’ (first person singular number), ‘he, she, it, or any third person singular number’.

Formation of a sentence

The formation of this sentence is as follows:

  • Subject (I/he/she/it/singular noun) + was + other words+ full stop (.)


Let’s see how to use ‘was’ in the sentences with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. She was a girl.
  2. He was a boy.
  3. Sarika was happy.
  4. Balu was very tired.
  5. She was bored.
  6. He was a peaceful person.
  7. Sameer was present.
  8. She was pleased.
  9. He was extremely sorry.
  10. My brother was surprised.
  11. Her sister was sad.
  12. She was thirsty.
  13. He was frightened.
  14. She was eighteen years old.
  15. Nayana was seventeen.
  16. He was an older person.
  17. The teacher was angry.
  18. He was mischievous.
  19. His father was a tragic person.
  20. Her mother was superstitious.
  21. She was innocent.
  22. Saumya was helpful.
  23. He was active.
  24. She was helpful.
  25. Anand was talented.
  26. He was handsome.
  27. She was gorgeous.
  28. The motorman was very cautious.
  29. He was a comic person.
  30. Sameer was a loyal person.

Also, go over the lessons below:

  1. Use of was: state of being negative sentences
  2. Use of was: state of being questions
  3.               affirmative answers
  4. Use of was:  profession
  5.  Use of ‘was’: state of being

                          Back         Next           


Hi, I am Madhuri Kherde, an educationist, ex-principal of a secondary school in Mumbai, and founder of I have been teaching English and Mathematics for the last thirty-four years. I like to share my knowledge and experience with others. So I hope you enjoy my posts on this website.