were question

Were in Questions


Yes-No Questions with were

Were + we/you/they
Romulus and Remus + noun/adjective?
his pawns/the rumors
my tasks/the strikes


Were you scared? —> Naw…well, only a little. I had practiced and rehearsed for weeks.
Were the inhabitants friendly? —> So, so. They were normal; they were okay.
Were Marie and Pierre on board the ship? —> No. Luckily they weren’t.

Open-Ended (WH) Questions:

WH Question Words:
  What, When, Where, Which, Who, Whose, Why, How
  What time, How many, How much, How often, How old

Q-Word + were + you/we/they
Aladdin and Jasmine + noun/adjective.
the lifeguards

What were + you/plural noun + like? = Describe yourself, some persons, things, or places from the past.

Why were Dr. Kaloyan’s students so successful? —>
He said it was due to some autogenic conditioning.
When were these volcanoes active? —>
About three hundred years ago.
What were cartoons and TV shows like when you were young (a child)? —> Great! I certainly enjoyed them!

How Would You Respond?

1. Barney is showing his grandchildren his childhood home and hometown. What do they ask him?
2. Your teacher speaks about when she/he was a student. What do you ask her/him?
3. The history professor is talking about ancient times. What do his students ask him?

Answer the Following Questions. Say Why and Give Examples.

1. What were the expectations of students in the old days? What about today?
2. What were living conditions like before and after World War Two (Describe the living conditions).
3. Were people very class-consciousness in the old days? Was there much classism?

4. Were ancient people very “superstitious”? If yes, why?
5. What were the leading causes of death in the past? What are they now?
6. Who were the plebeians and the patricians? Who were/are the proletariat and the bourgeoisie?

7. What were some early, important cities or trading centres in your country?
8. What were the seasons (summer, winter, spring, autumn) like 30, 20, 10, or even a few years ago?
9. Were your ancestors migrants, or have you and your family always lived where you are now?

10. Who were the Phoenicians? Who were the (ancient) Macedonians? Who were the Vikings? Who were the Ming and Portuguese mariners? What did they do?
11. Where were Camelot, Tenochtitlan, Ur, Chanchan, Mohenjo Daro and Anyang?
12. Were people very proud and patriotic in the past? Did they have greater attachments to their region?


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