Where, We’re, Wear or Were?

Where, We’re, Wear or Were? Which one to use?

Sandra asks, “Where are you going?”

Andrea replies, “We’re (we are) both going to need to wear (put on) our raincoats where (location) we/re (we are) going!”

where, we’re & wear all sound the same but:

  • where is a question
  • we’re is really we are, and
  • wear is an action
  • were is past tense of are

Where are we going?

We’re [we are] going to the beach!

What you going to wear? Will you wear a hat?


“Were” is the past tense of “are” (we are, we were) and sounds like fur when pronounced.

When we were younger, we used to build sand castles.

If we were very good, our mother would buy us icecream.


Remember to use an apostrophe when you are removing a letter from a word, for example WE ARE becomes WE’RE.

See? It’s not so hard when it’s explained!

Tip on U.S. Pronunciation

Thanks to Elizabeth from California :

In California’s *dialect* (if there is such a thing ;-), *we’re*  [we are] is pronounced differently from *where* and *wear*.

The vowels in *veer*, *queer*, *here*,* and *tear* (as in weeping) match those of *we’re*, and are different from *where*, *wear*, *there*, *fair*, and *tear* (as in ripping).

July 1999

I hope this info on the differences between Where, We’re, Wear or Were has helped – let me know if it did!

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