how to pronounce was


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the above transcription of was is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

was is pronounced in one syllable

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video examples of was pronunciation

An example use of was in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… I do not know if they came to see that it was also in the links below in case later …”

meanings of was


  1. Third-person singular simple past indicative of be.
  2. First-person singular simple past indicative of be.
  3. First-person plural simple past indicative of be.
  4. Used in phrases with existential there when the semantic subject is plural.
  5. Second-person singular simple past indicative of be.
  6. Third-person plural simple past indicative of be.


  1. A surname​.

was frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word was occurs in english on average 7297.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics was can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that was can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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