Which is correct, 'where', 'were', 'we’re', or 'wear'?

This lesson will examine the words ‘were’, ‘we're’, ‘where’, and ‘wear’! Each of these words is pronounced differently and has a different meaning. Let’s start by looking at the word ‘were’, which rhymes with ‘her’. The word ‘were’ is the past tense of the verb ‘to be’. Please note that ‘were’ does not have an apostrophe. The MLA Style Guide Let’s look at some sentences using ‘were’.
  • For every-day fashion, high collars were the norm.
  • Isabelle and Anthony were once in a relationship together.
  • Several attacks were staged to defeat the barbarous pirates.
Now let’s look at the word ‘where’, which rhymes with ‘hair’. Notice that the letter ‘h’ has been added to ‘were’ to form ‘where’. The word ‘where’ means "in which place" or "to which place." Let’s look at some example sentences:
  • Where are you going? (To which place are you going?)
  • This is the college where I studied engineering. (This is the college in which I studied engineering.
  • I know a place where you can hide.

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Now let’s look at the word ‘wear’, which rhymes with ‘bear’. The word ‘wear’ means ‘to have on one's body as clothing, decoration, protection, or another purpose.
  • In the west, cowboys still wear cowboy hats and ride horses.
  • Muslim women often wear headscarves.
  • I never wear makeup and sunscreen at the same time.
Lastly, we will look at the word ‘we're’, which rhymes with ‘hear’. Please note that ‘we're’ DOES have an apostrophe. The word ‘we're’ is a contraction Of ‘we are’. Let’s look at some example sentences:
  • We're committed to living our lives to the fullest.
  • We're a hardware incubator with offices in Singapore.
  • We're a coalition of Millennials who are going to change the world.

What is the proper use of ‘where’?

The word ‘where’ may be used as a pronoun, adverb, or conjunction. Regardless of how it is used, each use relates to a place, location, or situation. For example,
  • He moved to a city where jobs were more available. (pronoun)
  • Where is the Taj Mahal? (adverb)
  • He lives where the sun is always shining, Sarasota, Florida. (conjunction)
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Example sentences using ‘where’

  • The monk wants to live where the water tastes like wine.
  • Peru is not the only place where five dollars will get you far.
  • We are trying to get a sense of where the two parties are heading.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • We rode the horses to the hill where the reserve ammunition-wagons were located.
  • It was a pine clad mountain where the snow lay deep in the winter.
  • Where is Catalina Island?
  • Where is my tote bag?

Example sentences using ‘were’

  • The Olmec were the first civilization in the Americas
  • The Aztecs were also known as the Tenochca.
  • He was my brother, whom I bullied when we were young.
  • They were a fierce tribe of warriors in the 13th century CE.
  • Although we were enemies, we reconciled and became good friends.

Example sentences using wear

  • You must comply with it take off those boots you wear, and draw on these of mine.
  • A chisel shaped point is the most convenient, as it does not wear away so quickly.
  • I believe that all races at some seasons wear something equivalent to the shirt.
  • At present men make shift to wear what they can get.
  • When you have got my ornaments ready, I will wear them.
  • They still laugh at them in France, and yet always wear them, for all that.
  • Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask.
  • Some letters get more worn than others, and some wear only on one side.
  • He may wear his boots much too large for him, or much too small.
  • We could hear them because they wore boots and yelled, but we didn't wear no boots and didn't yell.
  • When playing, he did not wear prosthetic arms.
  • Chef Brockett displays the monkey costume he will wear.
  • Ten days later, they began to wear the religious habit.
  • The wardens, who wear royal livery, numbered 20 in 1990.
  • Traditionally, women wear yellow saris to celebrate this day.
  • The road team might instead wear a third jersey.

Sentences illustrating the proper use of ‘wear’

  • The men wear special turbans and kedias, but this varies regionally.
  • The classrooms are so cold that students have to wear gloves inside.
  • Shikabala decided to wear the number 7 jersey in Sporting.
  • He would go on to wear the medal on his collar until the day he died.
  • Moreover, they had to wear the badge that marked the Jew.
  • This version of Mercy has blonde hair and does not wear a chauffeur's uniform.
  • Finally, wear and corrosion forced its closure at the end of the century.
  • In the beginning she wasn't laughing, she wasn't red and she didn't wear earrings.
  • Street wear is a distinctive style of street fashion.
  • All students are required to wear school uniforms.
  • Tire wear and some instability in corners is the result. Applications in suspension.
  • Contrary to fashion of the day, Crosby would not wear a hat.
  • He would wear the tuxedo on special occasions such as birthdays.
  • After Blatche signed with the Nets he decided to wear number 0.
  • So don't be surprised if we require participants to wear blazers at the tables.
  • It also avoids wear and has very low maintenance requirements.

Example sentences using wear

  • Enrolled Nursing assistants wear a blue button.
  • They also produce leather goods, eye wear and apparel.
  • The males in the painting all wear the Order of the Holy Spirit.
  • Some of them wear a black coat and white dhoti.
  • When in school uniform, students had to wear their pioneer scarves.
  • Individuals deemed "asocial" had to wear the Black Triangle.
  • There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear , but are themselves indecent.
  • The district requires all students to wear school uniforms.
  • I had this foundation I had to wear called Death Grey.
  • Children of tribal communities in Orissa wear gamucha until their adolescence after which they wear dhoti.
  • He smiled to himself: if he had been a savage he'd have been entitled to wear some special insignia […].
  • All wear the traditional costume of the Gille on Shrove Tuesday.
  • They also wear wooden clogs and have bells attached to their belts.
  • In the morning they wear a mask of a particular design.
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