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The verb "To be" (Past tense)
The Simple Past Tense of the verb To be:
The negative form of simple past tense with “To be” can be made by adding not after the verb (was or were). There’s no contraction of the subject and verb (e.g. I was).
Questions form and answers
The question form of simple past tense with “To be” can be made by putting the verb (was or were) before the subject.
You can add a question word (why, where, when, who, how, etc.) before was or were to ask for more information.