||It was probably dry before.
||Maybe it was white before.
The Independent Deductive Past, also called the Dubitative Preterit, is used when you infer that something happened, but you were not there to witness it.
||Perhaps he saw someone over there.
Link to the conjugation guide.
||Junker, M.-O. & MacKenzie, M. (2013). Orders. In Grammaire innue / Innu Grammar / Aimun-Mashinaikan. Retrieved from [URL]
||Marie-Odile Junker and Marguerite MacKenzie. Orders. In Grammaire innue / Innu Grammar / Aimun-Mashinaikan. 2013. Web. [date]
[URL] = website address, beginning with “http://”
[Date] = the date you accessed the page, styled as follows: 13 Dec. 2015