1. Tyler Danann
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    was or were?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Tyler Danann, Apr 6, 2014.

    I know that 'were' is for singular and 'was' is for plural but what about two words in the following manner:

    'The food and fuel were / was (?) in 55 gallon drums...'

    My feeling is it's were to describe the two words separately but I'm still a bit 'errrm' about it.
     
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    Were can be singular or plural:

    They were in the house.

    You [one person] were in the house.

    Was is singular, not plural.

    I was in the house.

    Past tense of the verb to be. Conjugate it:

    singular
    I was
    you were
    he was

    plural
    we were
    you were
    they were


    Were.

    They [the food and fuel] were in 55 gallon drums.
     
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    take off the 'the' and you'll see there's really no other choice that makes sense...
     

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