How to Use Were to Describe the Profession

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In the previous lesson, we learned the use of were to tell about the past state.
In this lesson, we shall learn the use of ‘were’ to describe the past profession.

‘Were’ is used to tell about the past.

Formation of a Sentence With Were

These sentences’ formation is similar to those discussed in the lesson- Use of were to tell about the past state.

We use the verb ‘were with the subjects we, you, they, or any plural noun.

So, the formation of this sentence is as follows;

  • Subject (we/you/they/any plural noun) +  were + other words

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

Examples To Describe the Past Profession

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

Here are some examples. The formation is as above

Have a look-

  1. We were hawkers.
  2. You were MLAs.
  3. You were a blacksmith.
  4. My two brothers were pilots.
  5. They were shopkeepers.
  6. Her sisters were designers.
  7. His parents were collectors.
  8. Her three neighbors were watchmen.
  9. Sahil and his friend were taxi drivers.
  10. They were fiction writers.
  11. Sameer and his colleagues were architects.
  12. They were skilled potters.
  13. You were a bank manager.
  14. You were news reporters.
  15. Tarak and his uncle were comic poets.
  16. Lara’s friends were clerks in school.
  17. They were Foreign Ministers.
  18. Sachin’s two brothers were cricket players.
  19. We were doctors at government hospitals.
  20. My husband and brother were professors at Bhavans College.
  21. My sisters were chemical engineers.
  22. They were ticket checkers in the railway department.
  23. Her son and she both were advocates at Supreme Court.
  24. His two uncles were professional photographers.
  25. They were motormen on Mumbai local train.
  26. Both sisters were nurses in medical college.
  27. You were officers in the education department.
  28. Smita and her spouse were teachers in Aurangabad.
  29. We were academic book publishers.
  30. They were booksellers in Pune.

Also, go over the lessons below-

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

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