was vs were : Common Errors in English

About was vs were

In phrases beginning with “there” many people overlook the need to choose a plural or singular form of the verb “to be” depending on what follows. ”There were several good-looking guys at the party” [plural]. “There was one of them who asked for my phone number” [singular].See also

was Meaning(s)

  • (n) a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  • (v) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  • (v) be identical to; be someone or something
  • (v) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  • (v) have an existence, be extant
  • (v) happen, occur, take place
  • (v) be identical or equivalent to
  • (v) form or compose
  • (v) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
  • (v) represent, as of a character on stage
  • (v) spend or use time
  • (v) have life, be alive
  • (v) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
  • (v) be priced at

were Meaning(s)

  • (n) a light strong brittle grey toxic bivalent metallic element
  • (v) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  • (v) be identical to; be someone or something
  • (v) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  • (v) have an existence, be extant
  • (v) happen, occur, take place
  • (v) be identical or equivalent to
  • (v) form or compose
  • (v) work in a specific place, with a specific subject, or in a specific function
  • (v) represent, as of a character on stage
  • (v) spend or use time
  • (v) have life, be alive
  • (v) to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
  • (v) be priced at

was in News

  1. Bicyclist, 23, killed in freak accident was starting a new life

    SAN JOSE -- Shayla Cypriano was riding her bike to her new job as a pet groomer, finally earning a pay check to help raise her 2-year-old daughter and build the self-esteem that had eluded her during years in foster care, when a freak accident took her life.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Lamorinda Sun

  2. For Blackhawks, wait was worth it

    For Blackhawks, wait was worth it Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 11:36 pm, Thursday, June 13, 2013 The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the title in 56 of the 73 seasons since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format for the championship series in 1939. The Bruins ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Joan Parker, 80; writer and philanthropist was muse to her late husband, ‘Spenser’ novelist Robert B. Parker

    A writer, philanthropist, and activist, Joan Parker was also a muse extraordinaire to her late husband, mystery writer Robert B. Parker, and the inspiration for Susan Silverman, the fictional girlfriend of Spenser, the private investigator who was her husband’s greatest creation. Mrs. Parker, who died Wednesday, was 80 and lived in Cambridge.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Boston Globe

were in News

  1. 'Injured' were easy to recruit for major exercise

    People were happy to be hurt -- for a worthwhile reason.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: This Week Canal Winchester

  2. Two people were hospitalized this morning after being shot near Santa Monica College, the same area

    Two people were hospitalized this morning after being shot near Santa Monica College, the same area where a man went on a shooting rampage last week, murdering five before being killed by police. Read more...        
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Gawker

  3. There were 3 Ties At Last Night's Critic's Choice TV Awards — Here's Today's Gossip

    There were three ties at last night's third annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards : HBO’s " Game Of Thrones "shared Best Drama honors with " Breaking Bad," Kaley Cuoco and Eden Sher tied for Best Supporting Actress and Best Reality Series went to both "Duck Dynasty" and "Push Girls."
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Business Insider

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