Verb to be – Was/were

Vamos estudar nesse post o famoso verbo to be. Daremos atenção na conjugação do passado. Teremos também em destaque a forma curta e o detalhe da pronúncia.

Past – was/were

PositiveNegative
I was I was not (I wasn’t)
you wereyou were not (you weren’t)
he washe was not (he wasn’t)
she wasshe was not (she wasn’t)
it wasit was not (it wasn’t)
we werewe were not (we weren’t)
you wereyou were not (you weren’t)
they werethey were not (they weren’t)
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Examples sentences:

  • I was tired last night.
  • The weather was nice last week.
  • She was sick yesterday.
  • They weren’t here last Wednesday.
  • The hotel wasn’t expensive.
  • You were late this morning.
  • I was on holiday in July.
  • We were at the beach.
  • The sun was hot.
  • He wasn’t at home.
  • It wasn’t very cold last night.
  • The children were hungry after school.
InterrogativeNegative questions
was I…? were you…? was he…? was she…?
was it…? were we…? were you…? were they…?
wasn’t I…? weren’t you…? wasn’t he…? wasn’t she…? wasn’t it…? weren’t we…? weren’t you…? weren’t they…?

Examples sentences:

  • Was the weather nice when you were on vacation?
  • Those shoes are nice. Were they expensive?
  • Was she very upset yesterday?
  • Were your parents at home?
  • Was he tired at the end of the trip?
  • Was it a good match?
  • Were your parents happy with your exam results?
  • Weren’t you at home yesterday?
  • Wasn’t it a beautiful day?
Short answers
Yes, I was. No, I wasn’t.
Yes, you were. No, you weren’t.
Yes, he was.No, he wasn’t.
Yes, she was.No, she wasn’t.
Yes, it was.No, it wasn’t.
Yes, we were.No, we weren’t.
Yes, you were.No, you weren’t.
Yes, they were.No, they weren’t.

Examples sentences:

  • Were your parents at home? No, they weren’t.
  • Was she happy? Yes, she was.
  • Were you late? No, I wasn’t.
  • Was your sister at work yesterday? Yes, she was.
  • Were your friends at the party? No, they weren’t.
  • Were you pleased with the hotel? Yes, I was.
  • Was it cold outside? No, It wasn’t.
  • Was he sick last week? Yes, he was.

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