The linking verbs, ‘was were‘ are in the past tense but they are used differently.
This usage is an important grammatical concept and is used extensively in writing and sentence formation. This pack will help children practice these linking verbs.
Let’s understand the grammar behind these linking verbs.
Was and Were are both past tenses of the verb to be.
We use ‘was’ when we are talking about one person or thing. We use ‘were’ when we are talking about two or more people or things.
Was is used in the first person singular and third person singular.
First person singular:
I was waiting for the game to begin.
Third person singular:
He was in a state of shock.
She was doing laundry.
It was a long day.
Were is used in the second person singular and plural and first and third person plural.
Second person singular and plural:
Why were you late this morning?
Your keys were lying outside.
First and third person plural:
We were waiting for the cab.
They were inside the hall.
The pack that I am sharing consists of 5 worksheets. Let’s discuss them briefly.
Complete the affirmative sentences.
‘Is am are’ are also linking verbs which are in the present tense. You can find the lesson and free worksheets by going here.
Complete the negative sentences using was or were. Usage of the linking verbs is similar for both positive and negative sentences. It’s just that there is an extra ‘no’ or ‘not’ in negative sentences.
Complete the interrogative sentences using was or were.
The last two worksheets are a mix of positive, negative and interrogative sentences. It will give your child a good practice with linking verbs.