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B16 Be Past Tense

Lesson Sixteen

Be – Past Tense

The verb “be” has two forms in the past tense:

was and were

I was
We were
You were
You were
He was
They were
She was
It was

Listen and read with me:

 I was in my classroom yesterday.

Teacher Paul
You were there, too.
He was at a movie last night.


She was at home.

This cantaloupe was in my garden this morning.

It was delicious.

We were at school yesterday.

(I + you = we)



You were on this website earlier.
They were outside in the snow.

Now, watch this video:

To make a question….

Was I …
Were we …
Were you …
Were you …
Was he …
Were they …
Was she …
Was it …


  • Was I late?
  • Were you in school yesterday?
  • Was he at work this morning?
  • Was she tired?
  • Was the movie good?
  • Were we too loud?
  • Were you at the party?
  • Were they happy?

To make the negative add “not”

He was not in school yesterday.

He wasn’t in school yesterday.

was not = wasn’t / were not = weren’t

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Learn how to use

“there” + “be” in the past tense.

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