How to Use ‘was’, with ‘I’, ‘He’ and ‘She’?

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In the previous unit you have learnt to make Questions using ‘are’. In this unit you will learn “Using ‘was’ with ‘I’, ‘he’ and ‘she’“.

Was’ is the past tense of ‘is’. We use ‘was’ with ‘I’, ‘he’, ‘she’, or with ‘a person’s’ to talk about the past. We use ‘was‘ —

  • To talk about oneself in reference to the past we use ‘was’ with ‘I’. To talk about the other person we use ‘was’ with ‘he’ or ‘she’ or a name.

I was an officer.
He was an actor.
She was a director.
Vivekananda was a social reformer.
Gandhi was a great man.

1 2 3
He
She
Rajesh
Sheela
my uncle
my nephew
was an inspector.
a contractor.
a captain.
a musician.
an executive.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use other suitable words in column 3.

  • To talk about one’s or another person’s physical state, mental state or situation in reference to the past.

I was busy.
Shekhar/He was hurt.
She was surprised.

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He
She
Rajesh
Sheela
My uncle
Our manager
was confused.
stressed.
cheerful.
hopeful.
disappointed.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use other suitable words in column 3.

  • To talk about an action which was continuous in the past.

I was doing my homework.
Pritam/He was going to the college.
She was teaching English.

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He
She
Vishal
Preethi
My aunt
Our neighbour
was studying M.Sc.
learning music.
eating lunch.
planning a trip .
fighting for justice.

Make sentences using the above table. You can also use other suitable words in column 3.

Positive Form Negative Form Negative Contracted Form.
was was not wasn’t

He was absent yesterday.
He was not/wasn’t absent yesterday.
Deepika/Theresa was admitted into the hospital on Monday.
Deepika/Theresa was not/wasn’t admitted into the hospital Monday.

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