Where vs. Were

By Jaxson

  • Were

    Were and wer are archaic terms for adult male humans and were often used for alliteration with wife as “were and wife” in Germanic-speaking cultures, and in the Old English construction werman, paired with the parallel wifman, denoting males and females respectively, which share structure with the current English woman. (Old English: were, Old Dutch: wer, Gothic: waír, Old Frisian: wer, Old Saxon: wer, Old High German: wer, Old Norse: verr).

  • Where (conjunction)

    While on the contrary; although; whereas.

    “Where Susy has trouble coloring inside the lines, Johnny has already mastered shading.”

  • Where (conjunction)

    At or in which place or situation.

    “He is looking for a house where he can have a complete office.”

    “I’ve forgotten where I was in this book, but it was probably around chapter four.”

  • Where (conjunction)

    To which place or situation.

    “The snowbirds travel where it is warm.”

  • Where (conjunction)


    “Their job is to go where they are called.”

  • Where (conjunction)

    In a position, case, etc., in which.

    “Where no provision under this Act is applicable, the case shall be decided in accordance with the customary practices.”

  • Where (adverb)

    Interrogative adverb, used in either a direct or indirect question: at what place; to what place; what place.

    “Where are you?”

    “Where are you going?”

    “He asked where I grew up.”

    “Where did you come from?”

  • Where (adverb)

    In what situation.

    “Where would we be without our parents?”

  • Where (adverb)

    At which, on which.

    “That is the place where we first met.”

  • Where (pronoun)

    The place in which.

    “He lives within five miles of where he was born.”

  • Where (noun)

    The place in which something happens.

    “A good article will cover the who, the what, the when, the where, the why and the how.”

    “Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. — Spenser.”

  • Were (verb)

    form of Second-person singular simple past tense indicative|be.

    “John, you were the only person to see him.”

  • Were (verb)

    form of First-person plural simple past tense indicative|be.

    “We were about to leave.”

  • Were (verb)

    form of Second-person plural simple past tense indicative|be.

    “Mary and John, you were right.”

  • Were (verb)

    form of Third-person plural simple past tense indicative|be.

    “They were a fine group.”

    “They were to be the best of friends from that day on.”

  • Were (verb)

    form of Simple imperfect subjunctive in all persons|be.

    “I wish that it were Sunday.”

    “I wish that I were with you.”

  • Were (verb)


  • Were (noun)

    A fine for slaying a man; weregild.

  • Were (noun)

    The collective name for any kind of person that changes into another form under certain conditions, including the werewolf.


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