"There was" e "There were" em Inglês

"There was" e "There were" são as formas que adotam "There is" e "There are" em simple past.
"There was" e "There were" se usam para indicar que algo ou alguém existiu ou existia (no passado). Veja a forma afirmativa, negativa e interrogativa que estas formas adotam no tempo simple past.
Forma afirmativa em simple past.
INGLÊS PORTUGUÊS
There was Houve / Havia
There were Houve / Havia
Forma negativa em simple past.
Verbo "To be" Forma Contraída Português
There was not There wasn't Não houve / Não havia
There were not There weren't Não houve / Não havia
Forma interrogativa em simple past.
Verbo "To be" Português
Was there? Houve / Havia?
Were there? Houve / Havia?
Respostas curtas em simple past.
Resposta Afirmativa Resposta Negativa
Yes, there was No, there was not
No, there wasn't
Yes, there were No, there were not
No, there weren't
Usa-se "there was" para o singular.
Exemplo:
There was a bank on this street twenty years ago.
(Havia um banco nesta rua vinte anos atrás.)
Usa-se "there were" para o plural.
Exemplos:
There were a few trees in the park three years ago.
(Havia algumas árvores no parque três anos atrás.)