How to Use Was and were Correctly in sentence

In this article, you’re going to understand where to use was and where to use were in the given sentence.

Was– Was is used with singular, noun or pronoun.

Were– Were is used with plural, noun or pronoun.

Use of Was-

It’s used with pronouns or singular nouns. Was is used with I, He, She, It, and Any name.

For examples-

  1. I was wrong.
  2. She was right.
  3. It was beautiful night.
  4. He was heartbroken.
  5. Tina was alone.

Use of Were-

It’s used with pronoun or noun plural. Were is used with We, They, You and plural subject.

For examples-

  1. You were present yesterday.
  2. We were going to Mumbai.
  3. They were playing football.
  4. Children were playing in the ground.

When to use Was/were with there-

Let’s see this with example-

  1. There was a boy.
  2. There were many Children in the class.

In the first example there was a king. Here we are talking about singular that is a King. If you’re talking about singular, then we will use was.

In the second example, there were many students in the class. The sentence is starting with there but at the same time we are talking about plural, so we are going to use were.

Was and were used as a helping verb. Sometimes they it used as main verb. If was and were is used in a sentence. The in the sentence should be taken as past indefinite tense. And if ing is added to the verb, which means was/were + verb + ing, then it will be past continuous tense.

How to use was/were correctly-

Structure- Subject, + was/were + object.

For example-

  1. He was happy.
  2. He was not happy.

Using not, here makes the sentence a negative sentence. If you want to make a negative sentence, then in the sentence structure will be- Subject, + was/were + not + object. These means you have to put not after was and were.

Daily use sentences with was-

  1. I was wrong.
  2. I was tired.
  3. He was alone.
  4. He was Brave.
  5. It was night.
  6. I was at home.
  7. He was present.
  8. I was a teacher.
  9. He was very happy.

Daily use sentences with were-

  1. We were very tired.
  2. They were seen to go out.
  3. They were watching television.
  4. There were two cakes
  5. All of us were silent.
  6. We were very busy last month.
How to make interrogative sentence-

When we make an interrogative sentence, we will place the be verb before the subject. And the interrogative sign at the end.

Structure- Was/were + subject + object + ?.

  1. Was the film good?
  2. Was the book interesting?
  3. Was he at home yesterday?
WH questions with was-

If you have to use WH word in a sentence, then the sentence structure will be like this- WH + was/were + subject + object + ?.

For example-

  1. How was your vacation?
  2. When was he born?
  3. What was that sound?
  4. How was today’s game?
  5. How was the exam?
  6. How was your evening?
  7. Who was the book written by?
  8. When was the last time we meet?
Past continuous tense-

Past continuous tense is used when something was happening, or was going on for a while in the past.

Sentence structure – Subject + was/were + main verb + ing + object.

For example-

  1. See was making coffee.
  2. He was sitting.
  3. It was getting dark.
  4. He was cleaning his room.
  5. He was playing the piano.
  6. He was listening to music.
  7. He was standing.
  8. It was really interesting.
Questions with were-

Structure- Was/were + subject + object + ?.

For example-

  1. Were you busy yesterday?
  2. Were you out last night?
  3. Were you at home yesterday?
WH questions with were-

Structure- WH word + was/were + subject + object + ?.

For example-

  1. Where were you going?
  2. What were you doing there?
  3. Why were you late this morning?


  1. Raj …. eating his breakfast.
  2. You  …. sleeping.
  3. They …. going to the temple.
  4. It was a rainy day.
  5. The students …. writing notes.
  6. I …. not well yesterday.
  7. He …. driving a car.
  8. There …. a thirsty crow.

Ans- Was, were, were, were, was, was, was

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