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

Learn to speak English easily through the TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed specially to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple, systematic and in an easy way. To be able to speak fluently you should go through all the units and do the exercises. To know more you can 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 usingwere‘ with ‘you‘, ‘we‘ and ‘they‘.

We can make questions beginning with ‘Were you’, ‘Were we’, and ‘Were they’. 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 you a manager before?
Yes.
Yes, I was.
Yes, I was a manager before.
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 we 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?

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 rich before?
Yes.
Yes, they were.
Yes, these people were rich before.
No.
No, they were not/weren’t.
No, these people were not/weren’t rich before.

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?

Exercise

Write more questions and answers which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

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You can check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries