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B16 Be Past Tense – Part 2 – There Was

Lesson Sixteen, Part II

There was / There were

 

 The verb “be” is often used in the past tense with the word “there”
Singular
Plural
There was…
There were…

To make the negative, add “not” to “was” or “were”

Singular
Plural
There was not…
There were not…
There wasn’t…
There weren’t…

To make a question, put “was” or “were” before “there”

Singular
Plural
Was there… ?
Were there… ?

examples 

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There was a lightning storm last night.

(In this sentence, “there” is used with the singular count noun, “storm.”)

There were many things to do and see at the amusement park.

(In this sentence, “there” is used with the plural count noun, “things.”)

There was also a lot of food there.

(In this sentence, “there” is used with the noncount noun, “food.”)

There were a lot of students on this website last night.

Were there a lot of students on this website last week?

 

There wasn’t any furniture in the apartment.

It was almost empty.

There weren’t any people in the hotel room.

It was empty.

A: Was there a lot of food at the party?

B: Yes, there was.

A: Were there a lot of people at the meeting?

B: No, there weren’t.

A: How many people were there?

B: There were only four people.

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