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Learn to Speak English Fluently: Questions with ‘was’ 

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 ‘was’ with ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘it’, ‘here’ and ‘there’. In this unit you will learn to make ‘Questions withWas”.

We can make questions using ‘was’ to ask about the past. We use questions beginning with ‘Was I‘ to ask about ourselves, ‘Was he’ and ‘Was she’ to ask about the other person.  For such questions, one can answer in the positive or in the negative using a single word or a complete sentence as given in the following example.

Was I strong before?
Yes.
Yes, you were.
Yes, you were strong before. (complete answer in the positive)
No.
No, you weren’t.
No, you weren’t strong before. (complete answer in the negative)

Was he married?
Yes.
Yes, he was.
Yes, he was married.
No.
No, he wasn’t.
No, he wasn’t married.

Exercise: Write complete answers both in the positive and in the negative for following questions.

Was I your schoolmate?
Was I slim before?
Was he an electrician?
Was he your client?
Was she dull?
Was Rekha fighting yesterday?
Was he working, when you saw him?

Questions Using ‘was’ with ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘it’, ‘here’, and ‘there’

We can make questions beginning with ‘Was‘, using  ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘it’, ‘Was …….here’ and ‘Was 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.

Was this a theatre?
Yes.
Yes, this was.
Yes, this was a theatre.
No.
No, this wasn’t.
No, this wasn’t a theatre.

Exercise: Write short and complete answers to the following questions and practice orally.

Was this my school?
Was this my friend?
Was that your class teacher?
Was that our grandfather’s house?
Was it difficult?
Was it a holiday?
Was my scooter here?
Was my nephew here with you?
Was there any problem in locating our house?
Was there a hotel here before?

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

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