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ENGLISH QUIZ: Test your tenses!

Last updated on: October 3, 2012 17:08 IST

ENGLISH QUIZ: Test your tenses!

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Answer these questions and find out just how good you are with the use of tenses in English! Illustration: Uttam Ghosh

'She is waiting for us at the restaurant.'

'They spent the night at a roadside inn.'

'I have been trying to piece together this puzzle.'

The words italicised in the above sentences are verbs that denote the tenses of each. A tense is defined in grammar as a "category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place." In other words, tenses grammaticise time references.

Fill in the blanks for each sentence in the following pages with the appropriate verb tenses.

Answers are provided upon submission of results on each page and you can draw your own conclusions about your performance!

Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
By the time John (arrive) ______, I (wait) ______ for more than two hours.
1) arrived, had been waiting
2) arrives, will be waiting
3) arrive, waiting



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
She (work) ______ for our organisation for more than a decade and (retire) ______ next year.
1) will work, retire
2) worked, retired
3) has been working, will retire



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Kamal keeps (park) ______ her car carelessly and (inconvenience) ______ all the neighbours.
1) parked, inconvenienced
2) parking, inconveniencing
3) parked, inconvenience



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
They (say) ______ that they (complete) ______ the project a week from today.
1) said, will complete
2) are saying, completed
3) were saying, completing



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
He (try) ______ to cross the street when he (slip) ______ and (fall) ______.
1) will try, slip, falls
2)was trying, slipped, fell
3) tried, slipping, fallen



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
My mother is a compulsive shopper, so it's not surprising that she (buy) ______ four pairs of shoes yesterday.
1) will buy
2) bought
3) was buying



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
At the age of 28, Raj (leave) ______ the investment banking firm and became a full-time artist.
1) left
2) leaves
3) was leaving



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Her brother (love) ______ to travel and (plan) ______ to visit Budapest next year.
1) loved, will plan
2) was loving, planned
3) loves, is planning



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Diana (embarrass) ______ because she couldn't (dance) ______ too well.
1) will be embarrassed, dance
2) was embarrassed, dance
3) embarrassed, danced



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Their attorney (accuse) ______ our client of fraud in court and (manage) ______ to (convince) ______ the jury of his guilt.
1) is accusing, managing, convinced
2) accused, managed, convince
3) accuses, managed, convinces



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
The children (be, usually) ______ given a week off from school after their examinations.
1) are usually
2) or
3) nor



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Mrs Khanna (bring) ______ all of us up to speed on the neighbourhood gossip and (spend) ______ an hour (discuss) ______ various people's marital troubles.
1) brought, spent, discussing
2) brings, was spending, discussed
3) was bringing, will spend, discussing




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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Mr Rodricks (live) ______ in that house since he was a child and (refuse) ______ to sell it.
1) was living, will refuse
2) lives, refused
3) has been living, refuses




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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
Did you just (say) ______ what I (think) _____ you (say) ______?
1) said, thought, say
2) say, think, said
3) saying, thinking, said



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Fill in the blanks with the appropriate tense of the verb in brackets:
His daydreaming (interrupt) ______ when the teacher (call) ______ his name.
1) interrupted, calls
2) was interrupted, called
3) interrupts, calls



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