Verb Tenses Quiz! Trivia Questions! Exam

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Do you think you know all the verb tenses? There are so many verb tenses to consider when constructing a sentence. Present, present perfect, present continuous, past, past perfect, past continuous, future, future perfect, and future continuous. A verb's tense can tell us things like whether the action is routine, constant, or completed. If you intend to know more about verb tenses, this is the quiz for you.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What verb tense is used in the following sentence: Charlie had been packing his suitcase when his mother called him downstairs.

    • A.

      Past Perfect

    • B.

      Present Perfect Progressive

    • C.

      Past Perfect Progressive

    • D.

      Past Progressive

    Correct Answer
    C. Past Perfect Progressive
    Explanation
    The tense being used in the sentence is Past Perfect Progressive for two reasons. One, this sentence has two past tense helping verbs: had been. Two, this sentence contains an action that was in progress in the past but concluded before another past action.

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  • 2. 

    What verb tense is used in the following sentence: Greg coached football for fifteen years and enjoyed the experience.

    • A.

      Simple Past

    • B.

      Simple Present

    • C.

      Past Perfect

    • D.

      Past Progressive

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Past
    Explanation
    "Coached" is in the simple past, "enjoyed" is in the simple past. Both events occurred and concluded in the past at the same time.

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  • 3. 

    Which tense allows for the sequencing of two or more noncontinuous events that occur in the same time period?

    • A.

      Progressive

    • B.

      Perfect Progressive

    • C.

      Perfect

    • D.

      Simple

    Correct Answer
    C. Perfect
    Explanation
    Non-continues indicates that this cannot be the progressive tense. Since the action has occurred in an unspecified time period we know that it must be perfect.

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  • 4. 

    "The view of the world I display in my drawings excludes the sleazy and hideous." What verb tense is used in the quote?

    • A.

      Simple Present

    • B.

      Present Perfect

    • C.

      Simple Past

    • D.

      Present Progressive

    Correct Answer
    A. Simple Present
    Explanation
    For this sentence form the indirect quotation: This quote says that the drawings display a nice view of life (they exclude the sleazy and hideous) Now, look at the verbs: both the indirect quotation and the quote use the verb "display." This verb is in the present tense and is not accompanied by any helping verbs. We are using the simple present.

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  • 5. 

    What tense is used for an event that has been completed before the present moment in time?

    • A.

      Past Perfect

    • B.

      Past Progressive

    • C.

      Simple Past

    • D.

      Past Perfect Progressive

    Correct Answer
    C. Simple Past
    Explanation
    The past simple is used for any past event that has been completed/is over.

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  • 6. 

    Which verb form is used to indicate the present perfect progressive tense?

    • A.

      Had+been+main verb+ing

    • B.

      Have/has+been+main verb+ing

    • C.

      Had+main verb+past participle (-ed)

    • D.

      "to be"+main verb+ing

    Correct Answer
    B. Have/has+been+main verb+ing
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have/has+been+main verb+ing". This verb form is used to indicate the present perfect progressive tense. The present perfect progressive tense is used to describe an action that started in the past, continues in the present, and may continue into the future. It is formed by using "have" or "has" (depending on the subject), followed by "been", the main verb in its present participle form (-ing), and the rest of the sentence.

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  • 7. 

    Which tense is used for an event that started in the past and is continuing in the present?

    • A.

      Simple

    • B.

      Progressive

    • C.

      Perfect

    • D.

      Perfect Progressive

    Correct Answer
    D. Perfect Progressive
    Explanation
    Present Perfect Progressive = event that started in the past (time period) and continues into the present.

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  • 8. 

    Which tense is used for an event that is predicted to occur?

    • A.

      Future Simple

    • B.

      Future Perfect

    • C.

      Future Progressive

    • D.

      Future Perfect Progressive

    Correct Answer
    A. Future Simple
    Explanation
    See notes; Future simple = predicted to occur.

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  • 9. 

    Which tense allows two or more continuous events to occur during the same time period?

    • A.

      Perfect

    • B.

      Simple

    • C.

      Progressive

    • D.

      Perfect Progressive

    Correct Answer
    D. Perfect Progressive
    Explanation
    Perfect progressive = continuous events in the same time period.

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