🏁 Where means a place, were is just the way to say something was done in the past, we’re is short for we are, and wear is to put some clothes on:
Where are my keys?
Were you in Vegas last year?
We’re going to go shopping!
She likes to wear perfume.
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Where is easy to remember because, like there, it means a place and already has HERE in it to help you. It is one of a set of what we can call question words,or the 5W’s, i.e. who, what, when, where and why. You’ll see that all of them start with WH, and will probably need a question mark at the end of the sentence if they are used to start one, e.g.
Where did the murder take place?
Were is just the past form of the verb ‘to be,’ and so you’ll always use it in the same way, e.g. after We, They and You, so if you want to talk about something that happened in the past, then this were is the one to use, e.g.
We were going to buy a bargain in the sales, but we couldn’t find one.
They were going to the football match in their car.
You were losing the battle online until you bought reinforcements and upgraded your weapons.
Unlike were, we’re is only used in the present, for you and someone else, so it’s used for something that’s happening now, or is about to happen to you and another person, e.g.
We’re going to buy a bargain in the sales today.
We’re going to the football match in our car.
We’re losing the battle online and will have to upgrade our weapons.
Like they’re, you can apply a two word test if you’re not sure, and if ‘we’re’ will swap out to we are with no problem, then this is the one you need, e.g.
We are going to buy a bargain in the sales today.
We are going to the football match in our car.
We are losing the battle online and will have to upgrade our weapons.
The last one is the easiest because wear means to wear things like clothes or earrings. In fact, if you learn this sentence you should always be able to choose this one correctly:
The word ‘wear’ has the word ‘ear’ inside it, and I am wearing an earring.
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