An example of was is someone saying they were going to the park, but now they're not.
Origin of was
- Middle English from Old English wæs wes-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English was, from Old English wæs, 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 *h₁es- (“to be"). Lastly, the past forms starting with w- such as was and were are from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wes- (“to reside").