that it was

that it was
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (used to express a permanent characteristic; long or undefined period of time)
a. que era
Barry told me that it was an informal event. I would have worn a jacket and tie if I'd known.Barry me dijo que era un evento informal. De haber sabido que era formal, me hubiera puesto saco y corbata.
b. que lo era (used to confirm)
Diana didn't think what we saw was an eagle, but I insisted that it was.Diana no creía que lo que vimos era un águila, pero yo insistí en que lo era.
2. (used to express a temporary state; long or undefined period of time)
a. que estaba
The customer complained about the burger. He said that it was well done, when it was supposed to be medium rare.El cliente se quejó de la hamburguesa. Dijo que estaba bien hecha cuando debía haber estado término medio.
b. que lo estaba (used to confirm)
We didn't expect the movie theater to be closed, but when we got there, we saw that it was.No esperábamos que el cine estuviera cerrado, pero cuando llegamos, vimos que lo estaba.
3. (used to express a permanent quality; short or defined period of time)
a. que fue
Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? - Everyone knows that it was Billy.¿Quién tomó la galleta del frasco? - Todos saben que fue Billy.
b. que lo fue (used to confirm)
Marta asked if it was at the library that we had met, and I said that it was.Marta me preguntó si fue en la biblioteca que nos habíamos conocido, y le dije que lo fue.
4. (used to express a temporary state; short or defined period of time)
a. que estuvo
I wanted to go to that store, but someone told me that it was closed all week.Quería ir a esa tienda, pero alguien me dijo que estuvo cerrada toda la semana.
b. que lo estuvo (used to confirm)
I thought that painting had never been at the Louvre, but my professor told me that it was for a while.Yo pensaba que este cuadro nunca había estado en el Louvre, pero mi profesor me dijo que lo estuvo por un tiempo.
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