Questions using ‘were’ with ‘you’, ‘we’ and ‘they’

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Learn to Speak English Fluently: Questions using ‘were’ with ‘you’, ‘we’ and ‘they’

Learn to speak English fluently using TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed to facilitate self-learning in an easy way. To know more read: How to Use the Course Content? In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of ‘were’. In this unit you will learn to make questions using ‘were‘ with ‘you‘, ‘we‘ and ‘they‘. We can make questions beginning with ‘Were you’, ‘Were we’, ‘Were they’ and so on. For such questions, one can answer in the positive or in the negative in different ways as given below. One can give a short answer or a complete answer.

Were you a manager before?
Yes.
Yes, I was.
Yes, I was a manager.
No.
No, I wasn’t.
No, I wasn’t a manager before.

Exercise: Answer the following questions using the above example.

Were you a Principal?
Were they prisoners?
Were you busy yesterday?
Were you late to the class in the morning?
Were they very poor before?
Were you hanging clothes?
Were you filling water?
Were you all playing cricket?
Were they planning a picnic?
Were those people sent to jail?

Exercise: Write more questions and answers using the example, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

Use of ‘were’ in questions with ‘these’, ‘those’ and ‘there’

We can make questions beginning with ‘Were these’, ‘Were those’, ‘Were ….here’ and ‘Were there’. For such questions, one can answer in the positive or in the negative. One can answer in different ways as given in the following example.

Were these people nomads?
Yes.
Yes, they were.
Yes, these people were nomads.
No.
No, they weren’t.
No, these people weren’t nomads.

Exercise: Answer the following questions using the above example.

Were these people on strike?
Were these dresses bought recently?
Were those people going to Kashmir?
Were those the flowers you bought yesterday?
Were your friends staying here?
Were they working here?
Were there many people at the bus stop?
Were there many stalls in the exhibition?

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