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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

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Idioms for step

Origin of step

before 900; (v.) Middle English steppen,Old English steppan; cognate with Old High German stepfen; akin to stamp; (noun) Middle English; Old English stepe

OTHER WORDS FROM step

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH step

step , steppe

Definition for step (2 of 2)

step-

a prefix denoting connection between members of a family by the remarriage of a parent and not by blood: stepbrother.

Origin of step-

Middle English; Old English stēop-; cognate with German stief-,Old Norse stjūp- step-; akin to Old English āstēpan to bereave, bestēpan to deprive (of children)
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British Dictionary definitions for step (1 of 4)

step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

verb steps, stepping or stepped

Derived forms of step

steplike, adjective

Word Origin for step

Old English stepe, stæpe; related to Old Frisian stap, stepe, Old High German stapfo (German Stapfe footprint), Old Norse stapi high rock

British Dictionary definitions for step (2 of 4)

Step
/ (stɛp) /

noun

  1. a set of aerobic exercises designed to improve the cardiovascular system, which consists of stepping on and off a special box of adjustable height
  2. (as modifier)Step aerobics

British Dictionary definitions for step (3 of 4)

STEP
/ (stɛp) /

n acronym for

Special Temporary Employment Programme

British Dictionary definitions for step (4 of 4)

step-

combining form

indicating relationship through the previous marriage of a spouse or parent rather than by bloodstepson; stepfather

Word Origin for step-

Old English stēop-; compare āstӯpan to bereave
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Idioms and Phrases with step

step

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