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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