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Can you complete this sentence? My mother ______ the carpet when I got home yesterday.



A. IS HOOVERING
B. WAS HOOVERING
C. WERE HOOVERING
D. HAS BEEN HOOVERING

This question is part of english speaking
Asked by SPACECOMPUTER, Last updated: Jul 18, 2019

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C. Matz

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C. MatzCollege student, Graduation, Orlando
College student, Graduation, Orlando

Answered on Jul 18, 2019

The correct answer to this question is B, WAS HOOVERING. The keyword in this sentence to help answer this question is the word yesterday. This word is past tense and is used to describe the day before the current moment.

Therefore, the action of the sentence must be past tense as well for it to be grammatically correct. A and D are present tense so that they wouldn't be correct. Answer C is also past tense, but the word was used to describe plural subjects. The subject of the sentence is "my mother," and this is a singular subject, which eliminates answer C and leaves answer B as the correct one.

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Eva Writer

Eva Writer, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Answered on May 05, 2017

My mother WAS HOOVERING the carpet when I got home yesterday afternoon.
(When you say 'yesterday afternoon', it means it already passed, so the possible answers are either Were hoovering or Was hoovering, but since the subject is 'mother' and it is singular, so the answer is WAS HOOVERING)
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Jan 18, 2017

Is hoovering
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