Use of Were: Past State of Being

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‘Were’ is a past form of ‘be’.

The use of ‘were’ is the same as ‘the use of are’.

We use ‘were’ to tell about the past state.

We can use ‘were to tell about-

  • past state of being
  • profession
  • physical condition
  • continuous action in the past

Use of ‘were to tell about the past state of being

We can use ‘were’ with:

  • we (the first person plural),
  • you (the second person singular as well as plural ),
  • they (the third person plural)
  • any plural noun.

Formation of a sentence

The formation of this sentence is as follows:

  • Subject (we/you/they/these/those) + were + other words + full stop (.)


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

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. We were students.
  2. You were a student.
  3. You were the students.
  4. They were students.
  5. His sisters were very sad.
  6. The boys were pleased.
  7. They were creative.
  8. You were tired.
  9. We were tired.
  10. They were happy.
  11. Her siblings were happy.
  12. They were surprised.
  13. We were a family.
  14. We were extremely sorry.
  15. They were liars.
  16. The girls were beautiful.
  17. We were thirsty.
  18. The students were well dressed.
  19. We were hungry.
  20. You were ten years old.
  21. They were on time.
  22. You were wrong.
  23. They were joyful.
  24. They were superstitious.
  25. We were innocent.
  26. You were smart.
  27. They were rude.
  28. They were frightened.
  29. We were polite.
  30. All the servants were loyal.

Also, go over the lessons below:

  1. Use of were: negative sentences
  2. Use of ‘were’:profession
  3.               negative sentences
  4. Use of were: questions about the profession
  5. Use of were: state of being

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