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Can we write for example "We were waiting for you" in this way "We're waiting for you"? and if we can how to differentiate between the past and present in these sentences?

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We're, they're and you're are only used in the present tense, as are she's, he's and it's, I'm sure.

As @ColinFine states, she's, he's and it's can also mean she has, he has and it has, so it depends on context.

  • While you're right, I'd point out that she's etc can also stand for she has, and so can be perfect: She's seen him. But it can't stand for she was. – Colin Fine Aug 3 '18 at 22:46

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