We Was Going

We Was Going


Mario V. Farina

Copyright 2016 Mario V. Farina

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1We Was Going


I Go, He Goes, and She Goes


A strange way that some people have of reporting conversations is to use the word go and goes instead of says.


A conversation might be reported this way:


Janet came to see me about the snow on her lawn. She looked angry and I asked her what was the problem.


She goes, “The snow in my driveway came from your mound and I want you to get it off.”


(“She goes” should be “She said”.


I go, “How can you say this; the snow fell on your driveway. There was some on my driveway too.”

(“I go” should be “I said”.)


She goes, “The wind on your side of the driveway blew the snow to my side. It’s your snow.”


(“She goes” should be “She said”.)


I couldn’t believe what she was saying, and I go, “What you’re saying doesn’t make any sense.”


(“I go” should be “I said”.)


She left more angry than before, and the next thing I saw was her shoveling the snow from her driveway to mine. While I was deciding what to do, she came back and she goes, “There, this is your snow and I gave it back to you.”


(“She goes” should be “She said”.)


I was so amused, I laughed. She goes, “What are you laughing at?” and I go, “You, Janet. Thanks for the snow.”


(“She goes” should be “she said” and “I go” should be “I said”.)


Saying go when you should be saying, said, is all right in informal speaking, but might ruin a job for a reporter’s job should you be interviewed for one.


The Use of Was


Many people use the word was incorrectly in connection with the past tense. They might say something like this:


Three famous movie stars was coming to perform in our town.


All those people was angry about what had happened.


John and I was coming to see you when the we saw the accident.


You was only a kid when I first met you.


We was happy to celebrate Jane’s sixteenth birthday.


In these sentences, the word was should be were.


The word was is the past tense version of am and is. Here are some examples.


I am greatly interested in classical music.

I was greatly interested in classical music


It is raining hard outdoors.

It was raining hard outdoors.


He is a brilliant individual.

He was a brilliant individual.


She is involved in many nature studies.

She was involved in many nature studies.


I am learning the game of Bridge.

I was learning the game of Bridge.


Another combination of present and past tense words are are and were. The word were is the past tense form of are. Here are examples.


You are a bright young person.

You were a bright young person.


We are learning to play golf.

We were learning to play golf.


They are marching in the parade.

They were marching in the parade.


Tom and Alice are traveling to Madrid.

Tom and Alice were traveling to Madrid.

We Was Going

  • ISBN: 9781310432040
  • Author: Mario V. Farina
  • Published: 2016-06-08 22:20:06
  • Words: 587
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