Part of speech: verb

A form of a defective verb, used as the imperfect tense of the verb be.

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Usage examples "was":

  1. Didn't they say he was a comin'? - "The Attache or, Sam Slick in England, Complete", Thomas Chandler Haliburton.
  2. What was it he did say? - "Ayala's Angel", Anthony Trollope.
  3. It was a tubble time. - "Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2", Work Projects Administration.