Learn to Speak English Easily: Questions using ‘Who’ with ‘was’ and ‘were’

In the previous unit you have learnt the use of Questions Using ‘Who’ with ‘am’, ‘is’ and ‘are’. In this unit you will learn how to make ‘Questions using ‘Who’ with ‘was’ and ‘were’.

Questions using ‘Who’ with ‘was and ‘were’ are used to ask about a person or persons in relation to the past. ‘Who‘ with ‘was‘ is used to ask about a person in the past. It is used to ask about what a person was in the past and also used to ask about persons who occupied a position in an organization, government and so on. ‘Who‘ with ‘were‘ is used to ask about more than one person.

Q: Who was that?
A: That was my mother.

Q: Who was shouting outside?
A: It was our neighbor.

Q: Who was your best friend at school?
A: ————- was my best friend. (You can use a name)

Q: Who was the first Prime Minister of India?
A: Jawahar Lal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of India.

Q: Who was your class teacher in tenth class?
A: —————– was our class teacher. (You can use a name)

Q: Who were your best friends in the school?
A: ——————– were my best friends. (You can use two or three names)

Q: Who were the people fighting outside?
A: They were the workers.

Q: Who were waiting for you?
A: My friends were waiting for me.

Q: Who were you talking about?
A: I was talking about my friends.

Exercise: Write questions and answers which you may have to use in your day-to-day conversations using the above examples.

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