Second person singular and plural and first and third person plural past indicative of be.(verb)
Past subjunctive of be. See Usage Notes at if, wish.(verb)
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Use "were" in a sentence
"Atsiko, those books were all published by big houses, so by definition, they *were* ready for publication."
"It was July and the hives were full of decanting honey and the _tomeguines _were in full bloom in the fields and on the floor of the pine forests."
"“What were they thinking?” has become something of a cliche, but honestly, what * were* they thinking?"