Past Tense of Be – Positive form

You will study the Past Tense of Be in the positive form.


Past Tense of Be – Positive form

The thirteen colonies

Instructions: Read the text and look at the words in bold.

The Thirteen Colonies were a group of British colonies on the east coast of North America founded in the 17th and 18th centuries that declared Independence in 17776 and formed the United States. The thirteen were: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

The thirteen Colonies had very similar political, constitutional, and legal systems, and were dominated by Protestant English-speakers. They were part of Britain’s possessions in the New World, which also included colonies in present-day Canada and the Caribbean, as well as East and West Florida.

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Getting started: American Revolution

Instructions: Read the text to do the activity suggested.

In the 18th century, the British government operated its colonies under a policy of mercantilism, in which the central government administered its possessions for the economic benefit of the mother country. However, the Thirteen Colonies had a high degree of self-government and active local elections, and increasingly resisted London’s demands for more control. In the 1750s, the colonies began collaborating with each other instead of dealing directly with Britain. These inter-colonial activities cultivated a sense of shared American identity and led to calls for protection of the colonist’s “Rights as Englishmen”, especially the principle of “no taxation without representation”. Grievances with the British government led to the American Revolution, in which the colonies established a Continental Congress and declared independence in 1776.

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The British government

Instructions: Match the sentences.

independent from Britain
was mercantilist
in a Continental Congress to declare Independence
disagreements with the British government
were under the British rule

1. The British government

2. The thirteen colonies

3. They were not

4. There were

5. The colonies were

Past Tense of Be – Positive form.

Let’s learn how to use the past tense of Be in the positive form.

Instructions: Read about the past tense of Be in the positive form.

Remember: To Be is used to express state or feelings.

Was and Were are the two forms for To Be in the past tense positive form.

Was is used for I, he, she and it.

Were is used for we, you, they.

Look at the word order in the following examples:

Subject Verb Complement
happy at the party.
at home that day.
also in the party.
there with him.
a nice reunion.
there very early.
late with food and drinks.


Was and were

Instructions: Drag and drop the words to make positive sentences.

I in College was four years ago
David in the same with me History class was
very good We students were
were Our friends Jane and Ryan
They from a small were town in Scotland
for ten years were in the US They
All of us always together were


Positive sentences

Instructions: Make positive sentences with To Be (Was or Were) and the following prompts

  1. I / in Europe last year.
  2. My family / with me.
  3. We / in different European countries.
  4. England / very expensive but beautiful.
  5. The British Museum / very interesting.
  6. We / also in the Eurostar to France.
  7. The Louvre / our first place to visit.


George Washington

Instructions: Choose Was or Were in the following sentences.

1. North America colonies was/were exploited by the British

2. There was was /were a quarrel with the mother country.

3. North American people was/were in an independence revolution against the British.

4. President George Washington was/were from Virginia.

5. He was /were born in 1732 into a planter family.

6. Martha Dandridge Custis and President Washington was/weremarried for a long time.

7. He was/were the first president of the US.