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I am trying to learn some basic's of English , I want to know when we always use Was , Were , we always use were with he,she,it and was with you or whatever , Am I assuming it right ?

For example :

He was to come here today She was doing her home work

You were to go to USA

In above examples we use were with He , She , It , so I am assuming that we always use Were only with He she it.

  • Though I think you may have gotten was/were mixed up, could you give us some example sentences of how you would use them? And "basics" does not need an apostrophe. With an apostrophe, it means that either basic owns something or is the short form of "basic is". Neither of which makes sense in your context. But don't worry: even native English speakers make that mistake from time to time. – Tory Sep 23 '14 at 13:58
  • I update my question with example – ARG Sep 23 '14 at 14:02
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You need to be sure of the construction of the verb "to be". It seems you are having difficulty distinguishing between its forms.

First, let's establish that this is the past of "be".

The forms are like this:

I was

You were

He/she/it was

We were

They were

Note that in English "you" singular and plural are not distinguishable from conjugation alone.

Here are a couple of examples that are similar to the ones in your question:

She was doing her homework

This example is a bit more advanced than you may need.

Yesterday, I was at home all day.

This example shows a simple past conjugation. Maybe in the comments below, you can write a similar example with "you"?

  • Yes this is exactly I want to know that I always use was with He/She/It – ARG Sep 23 '14 at 15:04
  • We can never use , He were , she were , it were , right ? – ARG Sep 23 '14 at 15:04
  • @Wish_2_fly Sadly, that isn't true either. But in basic usage, was is correct and were is not. – snailcar Sep 23 '14 at 15:06
  • yes this is what i am saying that we can use was with he she it , but not were with he/she/it , This also what showing in answer – ARG Sep 23 '14 at 15:07
  • @JMB You were in the college last tuesday , i think its right now :) – ARG Sep 23 '14 at 15:10
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No, it isn't right. The past tense of to be is :

  • I was, you were, he/she/it was - we were, you were, they were

See the conjugation of to be: http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/English/be.html

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