Wear, Were, We're, and Where
Wear, Were, We're, and WhereShould I write "Wear," "were," "we're," or "where"?
- "To wear" has two meanings: (1) to have clothing on, and (2) to deteriorate.
- I want to wear my new dress.
- The machine will wear a hole in my jeans.
- There is also a noun associated with each meaning.
- It is formal wear for the party.
- Look at the wear on this screw.
- "Were" is the past tense version of "are."
- They were happy, but now they are ecstatic.
- "We're" is a short for "we are."
- We're going home now.
- "Where" refers to a place.
- I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later. (Comedian Mitch Hedberg)
WearThe verb "to wear" means to be adorned with clothing, decoration, or protection. It also means to cause deterioration or damage by continuous use or friction. (The word "wear" can also be used as a noun.)
Example sentences with "wear":
- I wear a necklace because I want to know when I'm upside down. (Comedian Mitch Hedberg) (Here, "wear" means to have clothing or decoration on.)
- Our constancy was necessary to wear down the oppressive forces of the old democracy. (Novelist Federica Montseny) (Here, "wear" means to cause deterioration. It is being used figuratively in this example.)
- This heavy-duty wear is showing signs of wear. (Here, the first "wear" means clothing and the second means deterioration. They are both nouns.)
WereThe word "were" is one the past forms of the verb "to be." Look at this table:
|Pronoun||Person||Verb "To Be" in Past Tense|
|I||First person singular||was|
|You||Second person singular||were|
|He/She/It||Third person singular||was|
|We||First person plural||were|
|You||Second person plural||were|
|They||Third person plural||were|
"Were" is also the subjunctive form of "was." For example:
- If you were right, I'd have agreed with you. (Actor Robin Williams)
We're"We're" is a contraction of "we are." For example:
- Individually, we're one drop. Together, we're an ocean. (Writer Ryunosuke Satoro)
WhereThe adverb "where" is used to refer to a place. For example:
- A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. (Poet Robert Frost)
- Where there is love there is life. (Indian statesman Mahatma Gandhi)
What Part of Speech Is "Where?The word "where" refers to a place. Grammatically, it plays three key roles:
"Where" as an interrogative adverb:
- Where are you going? ("Where" can be used to ask a question about a place.)
"Where" as a relative adverb:
- It is the building where we met Janice. ("Where" can be used to head an adjective clause. Here, the adjective clause is shaded. It modifies "building.")
"Where" as a subordinating conjunction:
- Where two people remain, the winner is the person with the most money. ("Where" can be used to head a dependent clause. Here, the dependent clause is shaded.)
Read more about subordinating conjunctions.