Where vs Were vs Wear
Where vs were vs wear all sound very similar when we speak. That’s why they can be confused with one another. However, they are completely different words used in very different cases.
Let’s start with where, because it’s the most complex one.
Where in a sentence
Where is wh-word used in English to form questions? It’s in the same class as who, what, why, when, and others. This is the most common use of where.
- Where is she?
- Where are you going?
- Where is the remote?
We use where to ask for the location of something or someone, or the place where someone is going. Here we can see that where is most commonly at the beginning of the sentence. But it can also be somewhere in the middle if we use indirect speech.
- I asked him where he was going, but he didn’t give me an answer.
- When I asked him where he left his wallet he had no clue.
This is only the case with indirect speech because we paraphrase the question.
Where as conjunction
Where can also be used as a conjunction or a relative pronoun. These are not as common as forming questions, but it’s good to know because they can appear in some more complex writing.
If where is used as a conjunction it’s also at the beginning of a sentence, or in between two of them. Just like any other conjunction. However, since it’s not a question there is no question mark at the end.
- It’s a very expensive store, where you also have to pay a deposit before you buy something.
- Where you find a lot of ants, you will also find a lot of breadcrumbs.
Where as relative pronoun
If we use a where as a relative pronoun it becomes a part of the noun phrase we form around the word. Where comes after the main noun, and everything after where describes the main noun. We use this construction to describe a place in greater detail.
- This is the place where he proposed to me.
- Do you remember that restaurant where we had that great Peking duck?
- School isn’t just a place where you learn, it’s also a place where you grow.
Wear in a sentence
Now let’s move on to wear. It’s a verb that we use when describing which clothes we have on. It’s the only way to use wear.
- He always wears the same shirt. I don’t know if he has any others.
- It’s cold outside so please wear a jacket.
Were in a sentence
Finally, were is the past tense of the verb to be in the plural form. It goes with the pronouns we and they. It’s very simple to use and very common.
- Mark said we were going to play video games all day.
- It was snowing yesterday so they were stuck in traffic.