Eståba (es-TAH-bah): Was, used to be, there was or were.
Note: Eståba is sometimes translated to mean "before" in the sense of "used to be."
"Eståba si Juan gi eskuela." = "Juan was at school."
"Pa'go håssan guma' haligi giya Guåhan, lao eståba bula." = "Houses on stilts are rare now on Guam, but (there used to be) before there were lots."
"Estaba guåha tångantångan gi kanton guma', lao in taga'." = "There was some tångantångan beside the house, but we chopped it down."