2.7 Using Verbs Of Perception (Quiz)

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Both the simple form and the -ing form are grammatically correct, so you can't make a grammar mistake. But a speaker might choose one over the other. Read the situation, then decide which form seems better to you in the sentence that contains a verb of perception. Remember that the -ing form gives the idea that an activity is in progress when it is perceived.


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  • 1. 

    SITUATION: my brother was downtown yesterday. he saw the police. They were chasing a thief:
    • When my brother was downtown yesterday, he saw the police ______ a thief.

    • A.

      Chase

    • B.

      Chasing

    Correct Answer
    B. Chasing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "chasing". This is because the sentence is in the past continuous tense, indicating an ongoing action in the past. The word "chasing" is the correct form of the verb to match the tense and convey that the police were actively pursuing the thief at the time my brother saw them.

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  • 2. 

    SITUATION: The front door slammed. My mother got up to see if someone had come in.
    • When my mother heard the front door _______, she got up to see if someone had come in.

    • A.

      Slam

    • B.

      Slamming

    Correct Answer
    A. Slam
    Explanation
    When my mother heard the front door slam, she got up to see if someone had come in.

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  • 3. 

    SITUATION: When I walked past the park, some children were playing softball.
    • When I walked past the park, I saw some children _______ softball.

    • A.

      Play

    • B.

      Playing

    Correct Answer
    B. Playing
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "playing" because the sentence is in the past continuous tense and it describes an ongoing action that was happening at a specific time in the past. The verb "play" is used in its -ing form to indicate the continuous action of the children playing softball when the speaker walked past the park.

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  • 4. 

    SITUATION: My father is in the bedroom. He is snoring.
    • I know my father is in the bedroom because I can hear him ______.

    • A.

      Snore

    • B.

      Snoring

    Correct Answer
    B. Snoring
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Snoring" because the situation states that the person's father is in the bedroom and they can hear him. The verb "snoring" describes the action of making loud breathing sounds while sleeping, which is a characteristic sound associated with someone being in a deep sleep. Therefore, the person can conclude that their father is in the bedroom based on the sound of him snoring.

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  • 5. 

    SITUATION: It was graduation day in the auditorium. When the school principal called my name, I walked to the front of the room.
    • When I heard the school principal ________ my name, I walked to the front of the auditorium to receive my diploma.

    • A.

      Call

    • B.

      Calling

    Correct Answer
    A. Call
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "call". In the given situation, the word "called" is used in the past tense to describe an action that occurred when the school principal announced the speaker's name. This indicates that the speaker responded to the announcement and walked to the front of the auditorium.

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  • 6. 

    SITUATION: I glanced out the window. Zay was walking toward the house. I was surprised.
    • I was surprised when I glanced out the window and Zay ______ toward the house.

    • A.

      Walking

    • B.

      Is walking

    Correct Answer
    A. Walking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "walking" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "glanced" is also in the past tense. Therefore, the verb "walk" should also be in the past tense to maintain consistency in the sentence.

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  • 7. 

    SITUATION: Someone is calling for help in the distance. I suddenly hear that.
    • Listen! Do you hear someone _______ for help? I do.

    • A.

      Calling

    • B.

      Is calling

    Correct Answer
    A. Calling
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "calling" because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, indicating an action happening at the moment. The phrase "Do you hear someone" suggests that the action of calling for help is ongoing, so the verb "calling" is the most appropriate choice.

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  • 8. 

    SITUATION: My brother's team plays soccer every weekend. I always watch the team when they play a game.
    • I enjoy watching my brother ______ soccer every weekend.

    • A.

      Play

    • B.

      Playing

    Correct Answer
    A. Play
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "play" because the sentence is in the present tense and "play" is the base form of the verb that agrees with the subject "brother's team."

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  • 9. 

    SITUATION: I went to bed around eleven. At that time, my sister in the next room were singing and laughing.
    • When I went to bed last night around eleven, I could hear my sister in the next apartment _______ and _________ I had trouble getting to sleep because she was making so much noise.

    • A.

      Singing ... laughing

    • B.

      Is singing ... laughing

    Correct Answer
    A. Singing ... laughing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "singing ... laughing" because the sentence is in the past tense and the speaker is describing what they heard last night when they went to bed. Therefore, the correct verb forms should be in the past tense as well.

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  • 10. 

    SITUATION: A fly landed on the table. I swatted it with a rolled up newspaper.As soon as I saw the fly ______ on the table, I swatted it with a rolled up newspaper. 

    • A.

      Land

    • B.

      Landing

    Correct Answer
    A. Land
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "land". The sentence is in the past tense, and the word "land" is used to describe the action of the fly coming to rest on the table. The word "landing" is a gerund form and does not fit grammatically in the sentence.

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