were

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Pronunciation[change]

stressed
unstressed

Homophones[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
be

Simple present
am, is, are

Simple past
was, were

Past participle
been

Present participle
being

  1. (auxiliary) (linking) A form of the verb be used about the person you are talking to.
    Only you were doing it right.
  2. (auxiliary) (linking) A form of the verb be used about more than one person.
    We were going home.
    You all were staying late.
    They were all playing in the band.
  3. (auxiliary) (linking) A form of the verb be used with the word if.
    If I were rich, I would retire.
  4. (auxiliary) (linking) A form of the verb be used about things you wish for.
    I wish it were the weekend.

Note[change]

  • In the last two examples, many people use was instead.