Russian way to say “I had”

Last time I told you about how Russians  say “I have” in the present tense (watch here). Today I’d like to tell you about how to say it in past tense (I had).

у меня есть – I have
(or there is near  me)

To say ‘I had smth.’ in Russian we use the construction “У меня было” which really means ‘smth. was near me.
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