Where, wear, were, and we're
Oh boy, these four words can give the English learner quite the headache. Sounding similar, similarly spelled, and used very often, these 4 words can cause some trouble. Let's take a closer look at these easily mixed up words and learn to use them correctly.
Were (wur) We're (weer)
Only a slight difference in pronunciation but a big difference in their meaning are WERE and WE'RE.
Were= plural past tense of 'to be.'
We're = the contraction of 'we are.'
When were you planning on leaving?
What were you doing?
We're going to the movies today.
We're off to Italy, bye!
We use where when we speak or are asking about something relating to a location.
Where are you going tonight?
Do you know where the keys are?
Is this where you wanted to go?
*All of these sentences are requesting to know WHERE something is, the location or placement of something.
Although pronounced just like where the meaning is nothing alike. Wear is used to speak about something that you are physically wearing, like clothes.
It's second definition is relating to something being excessively used or exhausted.
Examples of the first meaning:
What are you wearing today?
I want to wear a dress tonight.
Examples of the second meaning:
These tires are really worn.
These exercises wear me out quick!
My eyes wear out quick when I wear my contacts.
*Wear in the first part talks about eyes being exhausted, and the second part, wear is the physical act of having something on you, or worn. In this case, the contacts are being worn.
Let's a have a mini-quiz:
I want to ---- a dress tonight because I think ---- jean is boring.
I am super ---- out from walking around all day. Even my shoes are really ----.
When ---- you planning on taking your vacation? The three of us ---- planing on leaving by the 5th but ---- not 100% sure yet.
When are you going?
I'm going with John on 6th.
---- are you going?
---- going to Hawaii.
---- do you plan on going to university?
I'm thinking of attending UCLA.
What about your friends? ------ are they going?
They are going to other schools in California.
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