English Grammar Be Past Tense - Part 2 - There Was
Learn English Be Past Tense - Part 2 - There Was Grammar

Grammar Level 1- Lesson Nineteen

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Be Past Tense – Part 2 – There Was in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

Grammar Recap

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There was / There were

The verb “be” is often used in the past tense with the word “there”
There was…

There were…

To make the negative, add “not” to “was” or “were”
There was not…
There wasn’t…

There were not…
There weren’t…

To make a question, put “was” or “were” before “there”
Was there… ?

Were there… ?

There was a lightning storm last night.
(In this sentence, “there” is used with the singular count noun, “storm.”)

There were many things to do and see at the amusement park.
(In this sentence, “there” is used with the plural count noun, “things.”)

There was also a lot of food there.
(In this sentence, “there” is used with the non-count noun, “food.”)

There were a lot of students on this website last night.
Were there a lot of students on this website last week?

There wasn’t any furniture in the apartment.
It was almost empty.

There weren’t any people in the room.
It was empty.

A: Was there a lot of food at the party?
B: Yes, there was.

A: Were there a lot of people at the meeting?
B: No, there weren’t.

A: How many students were there?
B: There were only four students.

Quiz for Be Past Tense – Part 2 – There Was

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