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THERE WAS, THERE WERE

son frases verbales impersonales en pasado, utilizan el mismo concepto que


las frases verbales impersonales en presente con la diferencia que estn en
pasado.
There was y there were son el pasado de (there is) y (there are)
Significado:
There Was: Haba, Hubo.
There Were: Haban, Hubieron

THERE WAS: se usa cuando hablamos de una cosa, es decir hablamos


de un (sustantivo singular). Este puede ser contables e incontables.
Example:
There was a pencil on the table Haba un lpiz sobre la mesa

THERE WERE:
se usa cuando hablamos de dos cosas o ms (sustantivos plurales). Estos
solo pueden ser contables.
Example:

There were three blind mice Haban tres ratones ciegos


Examples/Ejemplos:

There was a dog on the street // Haba un perro en la calle

There was a tree in the forest // Haba un rbol en el bosque

There were some pencils // Hubo algunos lpices

There was a girl in the market // Haba una chica en el mercado

Estructura
Afirmativa
There Was
There Were

Pregunta
Was there?
Were there?

Negativa
There was not
There were not

Pregunta Negativa
Was there not?
Were there not?

Negativa contractada
There wasn't
There weren't

Pregunta negativa contractada


Wasn't there?
Weren't there?

Respuestas Cortas

Yes, there were // S, haba


No, there were not // No, no haba
No, there weren't // No, no haba
Afirmativo:

Hay que tener en cuenta que 'there was' y 'there were' no


se puede contraer en la forma afirmativa.Se forma con el
pasado del verbo 'to be' en singular o plural, segn
corresponda.

Afirmativo

singular There was a bank Haba un banco

There were some Haba algunos


plural
banks bancos

Negativas:

El negativo se forma poniendo el pasado del verbo 'to


be' en forma negativa (there was not/ were not). Es
frecuente el uso de la forma contrada (there wasnt/there
werent).

There was there wasn t


There were there weren t

There wasnt y there werent que significa en espaol


no haba - no haban - no hubo

otras formas de escribirlos son:


there wasnt there was not
there werent there were not

example:
there wasnt any money in the house no haba dinero en la casa
there werent any people in the house no haba gente en la casa

Negativo

There w asn't a
singular forma corta No haba una tienda
shop

There w eren't any


plural forma corta No haban tiendas
shops

There w as not a
singular forma larga No haba una tienda
shop

There w ere not any


plural forma larga No haban tiendas
shops

Interrogativo:

El interrogati vo se f orma con el verbo "to be" en pasado


(was/ were) seguido de " there".

Estas pregunt as suelen responderse con la f orma corta:


"Yes, there was/ were" o "No, there wasnt/wer ent".
Cuando queremos hacer preguntas con there was y there were debemos
cambiar la posicin de ambas palabras
There was was there ?
There were were ther ?
En ambos casos was y were deben ir primero que there . adems, tambin
podemos usar como apoyo las palabras some y any
Some se usa en oraciones afirmativas
Any se usa en oraciones negativas o preguntas.
Some significa en espaol algo de, algunos o algunas y any (dependiendo si
es en una oracin negativa o pregunta) si es en una oracin negativa o pregunta)
ninguno o alguno respectivamente

Interrogativo

Yes,
S (si
there haba)
was
Was there a park Haba un
singular
there? parque all?
No,
No (no
there haba)
weren't

Yes,
S (si
there haba)
were
Haba
plural restaurantes?
Were there No,
any No (no
there
restaurants? haba)
weren't

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