first and third person singular past indicative of be.
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How to use was in a sentence
Katherine Doyle: “The news says there was/has been a homicide in Danvers High School.”Colleen Ritzer Is the Second U.S. Math Teacher Slain in Two Days | Michael Daly | October 24, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And Texas was/is on its way to becoming a swing state by 2024 or so, so this could have an impact on that.
The good count was/is a local big shot and benefactor, but I can't seem to find out anything else about him.
Let's not lose sight of the other leg--the I-was-CEO-I-wasn't-in-charge-I-retired-retroactively-but-I-still-got-paid leg.
I could not make out what it was, for the wind-was rustling the corn-shocks, but I arose and feigned to listen.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Mr. Newdegate was a hard-mouthed witness, but he-was saddled, bridled, and ridden to the winning-post.Reminiscences of Charles Bradlaugh | George W. Foote
Everything else-even endowments given by private persons a few years before the Act was passed-was swept away.Is Ulster Right? | Anonymous
Burckhardt was on that 8:51 bus, every morning of every day-that-was-June-15th, never different by a hair or a moment.The Tunnel Under The World | Frederik Pohl
He is a most capable and felicitous talker-was born for an orator, I think.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for was
the past tense (indicative mood) of be 1
not standard a form of the subjunctive mood used in place of were, esp in conditional sentences: if the film was to be with you, would you be able to process it?
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