Lesson 026

"To be" in the Past tense

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Since the verb “to be” is one of the most important verbs in the speech, let’s dedicate a separate lesson to its use in the Past tense.

To start with, let’s learn the conjugation of the verb быть in the Past tense:

я, ты, он был (masculine)
я, ты, она́ была́ (feminine)
оно́ бы́ло (neuter and impersonal)
они́ бы́ли (plural)

Now, let’s look at some common examples of using the verb to be in the Past tense.

Когда́ э́то бы́ло?
When was it?

Э́то бы́ло вчера́.
It was yesterday.

Э́то бы́ло здо́рово!
It was great!

Где ты был?
Where were you?

Кни́га бы́ла интере́сной.
The book was interesting.

Вчера́ мы бы́ли в теа́тре.
Yesterday we were in the theater.

Почему́ ты не́ был в шко́ле?
Why didn’t you go to school?

Они́ не́ были в ку́рсе.
They were not aware.

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Pay attention: in the negative sentences, the accent falls on the particle не and the following verb has no accent.

Practice the examples of today’s lesson with the audio track.

The offline version of this lesson is available here

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2 comments on “026 – “To be” in the Past tense”

  1. Philip says:

    Спасибо вам большое за этот урок. Это очень полезно для меня.

    1. Learn Russian Step by Step says:

      Пожалуйста, Philip.

      Мы рады, что сайт приносит пользу.

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