| English uses verbs in the simple past tense to refer to actions |
situations, or events that are finished and that happened before
now. There are three ways to form simple past tense in English.
These three different ways depend on the verb:
(add - d, - ed, or change y to i and add - ed)
Today we'll look at the simple past forms of be.
The Simple Past: BE
The verb be uses two forms in the simple past: were and was:
She was there.
She was not there.
She wasn't there.
They were here yesterday.
They were not here yesterday.
They weren't here yesterday.
I was at home last night.
I was not at home last night.
I wasn't at home last night.
You were very kind.
You were not rude.
You weren't rude.