Basics Of Tenses MCQ Test

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Welcome to the Grammar Quiz: Tenses MCQ Test! This quiz is designed to test your understanding of verb tenses, a crucial aspect of English grammar. Whether you're a student looking to improve your language skills or a seasoned grammar enthusiast, this quiz will challenge your knowledge of past, present, and future tenses.

The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) in this quiz cover a range of scenarios, requiring you to identify the correct tense for given sentences. You'll encounter questions that assess your grasp of simple present, present continuous, simple past, past continuous, present perfect, past perfect, future simple, and future continuous Read moretenses.


Basics of Tenses Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    I'm tired. I _________________ to bed now.

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      Am going

    • C.

      Goes

    • D.

      Have gone

    Correct Answer
    B. Am going
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am going" because it is the correct form of the verb "to go" in the present continuous tense. The speaker is expressing their immediate intention to go to bed, indicating an action that will happen in the near future.

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  • 2. 

    The Earth ________________ around the sun.

    • A.

      Is go

    • B.

      Go

    • C.

      Goes

    • D.

      Has gone

    Correct Answer
    C. Goes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "goes" because it is the present tense form of the verb "go" which is used to describe an action that is happening right now. In this sentence, "The Earth" is the subject and "goes" is the verb that shows the continuous movement of the Earth around the sun.

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  • 3. 

    I ______________ tennis every weekend.

    • A.

      Played

    • B.

      Play

    • C.

      Plays

    • D.

      Am playing

    Correct Answer
    B. Play
    Explanation
    The blank space in the sentence requires a verb that matches the subject "I" and is in the present tense. The only option that fulfills these criteria is "play." Therefore, the correct answer is "play."

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  • 4. 

    Two years ago, my family _________________ in the US. We live in Moscow now.

    • A.

      Were living

    • B.

      Was lives

    • C.

      Lived

    • D.

      Have lived

    Correct Answer
    C. Lived
    Explanation
    Two years ago, my family lived in the US. This indicates that the action of living in the US occurred in the past and has already been completed. The past simple tense "lived" is the correct answer because it refers to a specific time in the past and does not have any ongoing or continuous aspect.

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  • 5. 

    When Peter came into the classroom, his classmates ____________________.

    • A.

      Were taking a test.

    • B.

      Was doing a test.

    • C.

      Did a test.

    • D.

      Have done a test

    Correct Answer
    A. Were taking a test.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were taking a test" because the verb "to be" (in past tense) is used to describe an ongoing action in the past. In this case, Peter's classmates were in the middle of doing a test when he entered the classroom.

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  • 6. 

    In 20 years, robots _________________ for us.

    • A.

      Will be worked

    • B.

      Will have worked

    • C.

      Will work

    • D.

      Work

    Correct Answer
    C. Will work
    Explanation
    In 20 years time, robots will work for us. This implies that in the future, robots will be actively engaged in performing tasks and jobs on our behalf. The use of the future tense "will work" suggests that this is a prediction or expectation of what will happen in the future.

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  • 7. 

    By the time you sleep, I ________________ my work.

    • A.

      Will have finishing

    • B.

      Will have finished

    • C.

      Was finishing

    • D.

      Will finished

    Correct Answer
    B. Will have finished
    Explanation
    This question is testing the understanding of future perfect tense. "By the time you sleep" indicates a specific point in the future. The correct answer is "will have finished" because it indicates that the action of finishing the work will be completed before that specific point in the future.

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  • 8. 

    Tomorrow at 9 AM, you ___________________ piano lessons.

    • A.

      Has

    • B.

      Will have had

    • C.

      Will has

    • D.

      Will be having

    Correct Answer
    D. Will be having
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "will be having." This is because the sentence is referring to a specific time in the future (tomorrow at 9 am) and indicates an ongoing action that will take place at that time. The phrase "will be having" is the future continuous tense, which is used to describe an action that will be happening at a specific point in the future.

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  • 9. 

    Yesterday I _____________ a fantastic film.

    • A.

      Will be watching

    • B.

      Was watched

    • C.

      Have watched

    • D.

      Watched

    Correct Answer
    D. Watched
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "watched" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "watched" is the correct past tense form of the verb "watch". The other options, "will be watching", "was watching", and "have watched", are not appropriate because they indicate different tenses or aspects that do not match the context of the sentence.

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  • 10. 

    Yesterday at 5 o'clock, I ______________.

    • A.

      Was watching a film.

    • B.

      Watch a film.

    • C.

      Have watched a film.

    • D.

      Were watching a film.

    Correct Answer
    A. Was watching a film.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was watching a film" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "was watching" is the correct form of the verb "to watch" in the past continuous tense. This suggests that the action of watching the film was ongoing at a specific time in the past, which is indicated by the phrase "Yesterday at 5 o'clock."

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