Which one is right I wanna used was or where it were a puppy or it was a puppy I think it were a puppy am I right I need some help am kinda baffle thank you

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    Was is past tense for first and third person singular, were is used with the others, You need third person singular: it was a puppy – StoneyB Apr 25 '14 at 3:02
  • @StoneyB unless, say, it's in a conditional of type: "if it were a puppy...", with the given fragment we can only assume (and you justly assume the most likely) – msam Apr 25 '14 at 12:15
  • @msam Quite so; but as near as I can make out OP's sentences are indicative. – StoneyB Apr 25 '14 at 12:17

If I have intuited your question correctly you're asking when to use "were" vs when to use "was".

were is plural; "The dogs were puppies".

was is singular; "The dog was a puppy".

  • kudos. you understood his question. it took me 10 minutes to quit. – vickyace Apr 25 '14 at 4:24
  • Were is plural AND 2nd person singular. Was is 1st and 3rd person singular. – StoneyB Apr 25 '14 at 12:07
  • @StoneyB So, Rover was taken from us too soon; "You were the kind of puppy every dog owner wants"? It's difficult to write for a dog(s) in the second person. – Elliott Frisch Apr 25 '14 at 12:44
  • @ElliottFrisch Well, very few dogs can read. But my boss frequently speaks to her dogs in the 2nd person. – StoneyB Apr 25 '14 at 13:11

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