# I am always confused with the two words "were" and "was." Is "were" past tense or present tense? What about "was"?

Sep 7, 2016

They are both past tense forms of the verb "to be"

#### Explanation:

However, there are different forms, depending on which person usage it is.

$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times \times \times \times}$ Present tense and Past Tense

1st person Singular: I am busy.$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times x}$ I was busy.
2nd person Singular: You are busy. $\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times}$You were busy.
3rd person Singular: He/she is busy.$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times x}$ He was busy.

1st person plural: We are busy.$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times x}$We were busy.
2nd person plural: You are busy.$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times}$You were busy
3rd person plural: They are busy.$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\times \times \times \times}$They were busy.

So you could have a sentence such as:
I was on my way to the shop and you were already there.

He was busy feeding the ducks while they were swimming.

It was a pity that I missed seeing you when you were in town.

Hope this helps.