Sentence examples of "étaient" in French with translation "be"

Les deux étaient extrêmement riches. Both were extremely rich.
Ses critiques étaient très sévères. His criticisms were very severe.
Les rideaux étaient grands ouverts. The curtains were all open.
Tous les membres étaient présents. All the members were present.
À combien étaient ces lunettes ? How much were the glasses?
Les cerisiers étaient en fleur. The cherry trees were in flower.
Certaines personnes étaient en retard. Some were late.
Tous les étudiants étaient présents. All of the students were present.
Ils étaient alors des écoliers. They were school children then.
Autrefois, les choses étaient différentes. In days gone by, things were different.
Tous leurs efforts étaient vains. All their efforts were in vain.
Tous les villages étaient beaux. All the villages were beautiful.
Ils étaient satisfaits du résultat. They were satisfied with the result.
Ses désirs étaient des ordres. His request was equivalent to an order.
Les hivers étaient très rudes. The winters were bitterly cold.
Tous sauf un étaient présents. All but one were present.
Elles étaient dans la douche. They were in the shower.
Les arbres étaient très rares. The trees were very scarce.
Ils étaient tous en uniforme. They were all dressed in uniforms.
Tous étaient là, sauf un. All but one was present.
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