How to Use Were in Negative Sentences About the Profession

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We can use ‘were’ in the negative sentences to tell about a profession in the past.
In this lesson, we shall learn the use of ‘were not’.
These sentences are about the profession in the past.

Formation of a negative sentence about the profession

The formation of this sentence is the same as the negative sentences about the state.

So, the formation of this sentence is as follows:

Now, we shall discuss how to use ‘were in this sentence.


Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. We were not hawkers.
  2. You were not MLAs.
  3. You were not a blacksmith.
  4. My two brothers were not pilots.
  5. They were not shopkeepers.
  6. Her sisters were not designers.
  7. His parents were not collectors.
  8. Her three neighbors were not watchmen.
  9. Sahil and his friend were not taxi drivers.
  10. They were not fiction writers.
  11. Sameer and his colleagues were not architects.
  12. They were not skilled potters.
  13. You were not a bank manager.
  14. You were not news reporters.
  15. Tarak and his uncle were not comic poets.
  16. Lara’s friends were not clerks in school.
  17. They were not foreign ministers.
  18. Sachin’s two brothers were not cricket players.
  19. We were not doctors at government hospitals.
  20. My husband and brother were not professors at Bhavans College.
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  21. My sisters were not chemical engineers.
  22. They were not ticket checkers in the railway department.
  23. She and her son were not advocates at the Supreme Court.
  24. His two uncles were not professional photographers.
  25. They were not motormen on the Mumbai local train.
  26. Both sisters were not nurses in medical college.
  27. You were not officers in the education department.
  28. Smita and her spouse were not teachers in Aurangabad.
  29. We were not academic book publishers.
  30. They were not booksellers in Pune.

Related lessons you must read:

  1. Use of were: state of being- questions
  2. Use of were: profession
  3. Use of: profession questions
  4.                      affirmative answers 
  5.   Use of were in negative sentences about the profession

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