Origin of wasMiddle English from Old English wæs, 1st and 3d person; personal (grammar) singular of wesan, to be from Indo-European base an unverified form wes-, to dwell, stay from source Sanskrit vast?, house: not origin, originally connected with be
An example of was is someone saying they were going to the park, but now they're not.
From Middle English was, from Old English wÃ¦s, from Proto-Germanic *was, (compare Scots was, Dutch was, Low German was, German war, Swedish var), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wes- (“to reside"). The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of three originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form be is from Proto-Indo-European *bÊ°ew- (“to become"). The words is and are are both derived from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚es- (“to be"). Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wes- (“to reside").
was - Computer Definition
- His voice was controlled.
- It was the earthquake.
- Alex was supposed to be sterile, but they had been wrong about that.
- Nurturing was in his personality.
- The conductor said it was the worst quake he ever knew.