Simple Past Or Present Perfect Tense? Quiz

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Do you know anything about the simple past or present tense? Do you think you can pass this quiz? Present perfect tense and the past perfect tense are both important ways to demonstrate time sequence in the past. The simple past describes what happened completely in the past. We use present perfect tense for actions that are taking place at the moment. Taking this quiz will help you discover more about the simple past or present tense.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I ____ Paris twice before. 

    • A.

      Visited

    • B.

      Have visited

    Correct Answer
    B. Have visited
    Explanation
    The present perfect tense is used to describe something that happened in the past, but the exact time it happened is not important.

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  • 2. 

    _____Jennifer lately? 

    • A.

      Have you seen

    • B.

      Did you see

    Correct Answer
    A. Have you seen
    Explanation
    Présent perfect +lately

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  • 3. 

    John ____ as a delivery boy for a few months so that he could pay his tuition. 

    • A.

      Worked

    • B.

      Has worked

    Correct Answer
    A. Worked
    Explanation
    The action happened in the past and finished in the past

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  • 4. 

    I _____ two books last year. 

    • A.

      Have written

    • B.

      Wrote

    Correct Answer
    B. Wrote
    Explanation
    The action happened at an exact time in the past

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  • 5. 

    In the last year, much effort ____ to curb street violence. 

    • A.

      Has been made

    • B.

      Was made

    Correct Answer
    A. Has been made
    Explanation
    In the last year, decade, century:period of time+present perfect

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  • 6. 

    We ____ such a wonderful performance. 

    • A.

      Never saw

    • B.

      Have never seen

    Correct Answer
    B. Have never seen
    Explanation
    The subject hasn't had a certain experience before

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  • 7. 

    I _____ my last holidays in the Caribbean. 

    • A.

      Have spent

    • B.

      Spent

    Correct Answer
    B. Spent
    Explanation
    The verb "spent" is the correct answer because it is the past tense form of the verb "spend." In the sentence, the speaker is referring to their past holidays in the Caribbean, indicating that the action of spending the holidays has already taken place. Therefore, "spent" is the appropriate verb to use in this context.

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  • 8. 

    Tommy _____ in the same company for 9 years --He is looking forward to a promotion. 

    • A.

      Has worked

    • B.

      Worked

    Correct Answer
    A. Has worked
    Explanation
    Tommy still works in the same company. He started working 10 years ago

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  • 9. 

    Two years ago, I____ my job to go on a world tour. 

    • A.

      Quit

    • B.

      Have quitted

    Correct Answer
    A. Quit
    Explanation
    Two years ago:exact time in the past +simple past.

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  • 10. 

    ____ the agency this morning? 

    • A.

      Did you call

    • B.

      Have you called

    Correct Answer
    A. Did you call
    Explanation
    This morning:exact time in the past +simple past.

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  • 11. 

    I ____a specialist yet. 

    • A.

      Consulted

    • B.

      Haven't consulted 

    Correct Answer
    B. Haven't consulted 
    Explanation
    Present Perfect (Neg.) +yet

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  • 12. 

    He ____to climb Mount Everest several times in 1965.

    • A.

      Tried

    • B.

      Has tried

    Correct Answer
    A. Tried
    Explanation
    In 1965:exact time in the past +simple past.

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  • 13. 

    So far, Coronavirus ____ killed thousands of people worldwide. 

    • A.

      Killed

    • B.

      Has killed

    Correct Answer
    B. Has killed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has killed" because the word "so far" indicates that we are talking about an ongoing action that started in the past and is still happening. The present perfect tense "has killed" is used to express an action that began in the past and has a connection to the present. In this case, the action of the Coronavirus killing people started in the past and is still ongoing, which is why we use "has killed" instead of "killed".

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