was vs were

was were

Definitions

  • 1) Third-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 2) proscribed, dialect Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 3) First-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.

Definitions

  • 1) obsolete A fine for slaying a man; weregild.
  • 2) archaic man (human male), as in werewolf ("man-wolf").
  • 3) The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.
  • 4) obsolete A fine for slaying a man; the money value set upon a man's life; weregild.
  • 5) obsolete A weir. See weir.
  • 6) An obsolete form of wear 1, wear, weir, war, vair.
  • 7) Indicative plural and subjunctive singular and plural of was. See was.
  • 8) See wer.
  • 9) Second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 10) Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons of be.
  • 11) Second-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 12) Third-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 13) Northern England was.
  • 14) First-person plural simple past tense indicative of be.
  • 15) obsolete To wear. See 3d wear.
  • 16) obsolete To guard; to protect.

Examples

  • 1) I slammed my foot down on the accelerator when the lights changed but the Golf was too quick.
  • 2) He said he thought this new campaign for his reprieve was a total waste of time.
  • 3) His eyesight was worsening daily; he was becoming the Mr. Magoo of butchers.
  • 4) Maybe the brief was in opposition to a motion to dismiss, and maybe the brief in support of the motion to dismiss included a sentence saying that the case *was* an “insane lawsuit brought in ignorance” blah blah blah.
  • 5) (I know, because that's how I felt fifty-odd years ago when I first saw the early science fiction magazines that Hugo Gernsback was publishing a few years before _I _was born.)
  • 6) It was, they might concede, yes,  for now, genuinely quite interesting; a bit of an anomaly, but we had all the time in the world and there was nothing particularly at stake - or if you like there was   something very particular at stake, the anomaly bit, but it would soon be an anomaly no more and no rush about it.
  • 7) However, Razzaq swung hugely at Sidebottom and was caught at short third man, Gul pulled the next ball to deep square leg and Shoiab, having hit Bresnan for only the sixth four of the innings to go with the three sixes,  was comprehensively yorked to give the bowler his third wicket.
  • 8) Sam Heldman: Maybe the brief was in opposition to a motion to dismiss, and maybe the brief in support of the motion to dismiss included a sentence saying that the case *was* an “insane lawsuit brought in ignorance” blah blah blah.
  • 9) Aligning himself with a delusional President, in hopes of securing the red base, was a catastrophic mistake for a man who once _was_ independent.
  • 10) And I know it was hard for you, I know your sense that you'd failed withThe _____was enormous.
  • 11) I wasn't 100% sure what it was*--I just knew it was South Indian and that it involved a long list of ingredients--but it was a revelation.
  • 12) I don't know for sure because she was already grown when I got her from the pound, just before Christmas,  years ago this was  — back when I had hair and hope.
  • 13) Maybe that someone was Clinton (Bill * was* in Canada the week before the primaries) -- Maybe it was the Republicans (apparently lots of connection between them and Harper's govt, and this is worthy of Karl Rove).

Examples

  • 1) Some of the entries were in French, some in English, some a mix of the two.
  • 2) The two guys in suits were in a huddle, talking in low voices.
  • 3) Even her clothes were different; stiff linen dresses, orange capri pants, midriff tops that tied at the bellybutton.
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