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

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In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of ‘was’ with ‘I’, ‘He’ and ‘She’. In this unit you will learn “Using ‘was’ with ‘this’, ‘that’, ‘here’ and ‘there’“.

Using ‘was’ with ‘this’

  • To talk about a person or thing near us in reference to the past.

This was John over the phone.
This was my friend Rahul.
This was my house earlier.
This was a theatre at one time.
This was a post office before.

  • To express an opinion in reference to the past.

This was good on your part.
This was right.
This was a great opportunity.
This was awesome.
This was unexpected.

Using ‘was’ with ‘that’

  • To talk about a thing that is away from us with reference to the past.

That was my grandfather’s house.

That was a company.
That was my ear ring.
That was an ambulance.
That was a railway station.

  • To express an opinion in reference to the past.

That was good.
That was kind of you.
That was a blunder.
That was a brilliant idea.
That was great.

Using ‘was’ with ‘here’

  • To talk about a person and thing near us in reference to the past.

He was here with me yesterday.
She was clearing the garbage.
Rakesh was here a minute ago.
Here was a beautiful painting.
The bus stop was here before.

Using ‘was’ with ‘there’

  • To talk about a person and thing away from us in reference to the past.

Sheela was sitting there on the chair.
Rita was there when they fought.
There was a big tree here.

  • To introduce a new topic in a conversation or to describe something in reference to the past.

There was a heavy rush at the bank.
There was a problem with the ATM.
There was a traffic jam near the railway station.

Exercise

Write more sentences using the examples, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

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