Using "was" before a present tense verb.

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I know that using "was" before a verb with an -ing ending works to describe something that was presently happening in the past, but what about using "was" before a present tense verb.  For example:

 

The parking lot was full.   Should it be: The parking lot was filled?

 

The pitcher of beer was clean.    Should it be: The pitcher of beer was cleaned?

 

Again, are these examples of mixed verb tenses?

 

Thanks,

CE

asked Oct 17 '12 at 13:57 craig ellis New member

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No, these are not examples of mixed verb tense. Why?

 

Full and clean are not verbs in your sentences. These words can fill multiple parts of speech. They can be adjectives, adverbs, and verbs. In this case, the words serve as adverbs (modifying was), and as such, do not take on tenses.

 

I hope this helps

link comment answered Oct 17 '12 at 14:21 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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