Hello everyone. I currently find myself writing too many phrases containing the words 'was' and 'were'. Since english is not my first language, I don't know if there's a name for this, but below is an example: A brunette who was wearing a casual dress and had a very good posture was writing in a small black notebook. Next to her were a blonde who was stuffing herself with chiffon cake and another brunette who had her hand raised and was about to poke the blonde's bulging cheek. If I spend enough time and effort I eventually manage to rewrite paragraphs like this into something more readable, but it's frustrating to be stumped by something so simple. I used to have a similar problem with passive voice ("I was told that the window had been broken...") until I read about it in a blog. Is there a similar advice for too many 'was/were' in my writing?