Were, We’re, or Where?

Where we’re going now is where we were a year ago.

Were, were, and where are commonly confused words for English language learners because they look and sound so much alike. These three words are pronounced differently and mean different things.



We begin with what we were going to say about were.


  • is the past tense of the verb are.

  • is one syllable and is pronounced /wur/ which rhymes with her.

Example: We were with her yesterday.



Next, we’re going to talk about were.


  • is simply the contraction for “we are.”

  • has one syllable and is pronounced /wɪr/ which rhymes with here.

Example: We’re here now.



Finally, we have come to where we explain where.

Where is used in more ways than were and we’re which is why we saved it for last.


  • looks different from were and we're because where contains a (silent) h.

  • is pronounced /wher/, sounds exactly like wear, and rhymes with hair.

  • refers to a place, physical or not, in questions and statements

  • means at, in, into, on, upon or to which place.


  • Where are we going? (To which place are we going?)

  • We are going where we saw Vivian yesterday. (We are going to the place in which we saw Vivian yesterday.)


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