who was

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who was(
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wuhz
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in a question)
a. quién fue (indicating a permanent quality)
Who was that guy who called you yesterday?¿Quién fue ese tipo que te llamó ayer?
b. quién era (indicating a permanent quality)
Who was your favorite teacher in grammar school?¿Quién era tu maestro favorito en la escuela primaria?
c. quién estuvo (indicating a temporary state)
Who was crying in the movie theater?¿Quién estuvo llorando en el cine?
d. quién estaba (indicating a temporary state)
Who was working at the company that summer?¿Quién estaba trabajando para la empresa ese verano?
2. (in a restrictive clause)
a. que fue (indicating a permanent quality)
The people elected a politician who was very well educated.La gente eligió a un político que fue muy bien educado.
b. que era (indicating a permanent quality)
I went out with a man who was very cruel.Salí con un hombre que era muy cruel.
c. que estuvo (indicating a temporary state)
I didn't get a good look at the man who was next to us through the entire movie .No vi muy bien al hombre que estuvo al lado de nosotros durante toda la película.
d. que estaba (indicating a temporary state)
Miguel is the man who was playing piano while I sang.Miguel es el hombre que estaba tocando el piano mientras yo cantaba.
3. (in a nonrestrictive clause)
a. quien fue (indicating a permanent quality)
The athlete, who was a star in his college years, died on Monday.El atleta, quien fue una estrella en sus años universitarios, murió el lunes.
b. quien era (indicating a permanent quality)
Bill Clinton, who was the U.S. President in the nineties, has become a vegan.Bill Clinton, quien era el Presidente de los Estados Unidos en los años noventa, se hizo vegano.
c. quien estuvo (indicating a temporary state)
This morning, I interviewed an artist, who was smoking the whole time.Esta mañana, entrevisté a un artista, quien estuvo fumando todo el tiempo.
d. quien estaba (indicating a temporary state)
I'm not surprised that Zoey, who was always in advanced science classes, is now a successful scientist.No me sorprende que Zoey, quien siempre estaba en clases avanzadas de ciencia, ahora sea una científica exitosa.
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