Present Perfect And Simple Past Quiz Questions And Answers

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Present Perfect And Simple Past Quiz Questions And Answers - Quiz

Attempt this challenging quiz to test your knowledge regarding tenses. Here, the quiz requires you to complete the sentences either using past simple or present perfect tense. Both of the tenses are used for defining past events or actions, some of which are still going on in the present. These are challenging, but we know you can do it! Let’s get started… and good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    The teacher ____________ the instructions given on the blackboard at the beginning of class.

    • A.

      Was explained

    • B.

      Has explained

    • C.

      Explained

    • D.

      Is explaining

    Correct Answer
    C. Explained
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "explained" because it is the past tense of the verb "explain" and matches the subject "the teacher." This suggests that the teacher already provided the instructions at the beginning of the class in the past.

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  • 2. 

     She _________ in this area for fifteen years.

    • A.

      Was lived

    • B.

      Have lived

    • C.

      Has lived

    • D.

      Lives

    Correct Answer
    C. Has lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has lived" because it is the present perfect tense form of the verb "live." This tense is used to talk about an action that started in the past and continues up to the present. In this case, the person has been living in the area for fifteen years, indicating a continuous action that started in the past and is still ongoing.

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  • 3. 

    You ____________ five letters already… Only three more to go!

    • A.

      Write

    • B.

      Have written

    • C.

      Has written

    • D.

      Were being

    Correct Answer
    B. Have written
    Explanation
     The correct answer is "have written" because it is the present perfect tense form of the verb "write" used with the subject "you." This tense is used to indicate an action that started in the past and is still relevant in the present, illustrated by “only three more to go.” In this case, it suggests that the person has completed the action of writing five letters in the past, but they still have to write more.

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  • 4. 

    She __________ this computer program in 2005.

    • A.

      Has learned

    • B.

      Learned

    • C.

      Have learned

    • D.

      Has learning

    Correct Answer
    B. Learned
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "learned" because it is the past tense form of the verb "learn." Since the sentence is referring to an action that happened in 2005, the past tense is appropriate. "Has learned" and "have learned" are incorrect because they are present perfect tense forms, which indicate an action that started in the past and is still ongoing. "Has learning" is also incorrect because it is not a grammatically correct verb form.

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  • 5. 

    She ________________ art history last year.

    • A.

      Has studied

    • B.

      Have studied

    • C.

      Study

    • D.

      Studied

    Correct Answer
    D. Studied
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "studied" because it is the past tense form of the verb "study." The sentence is referring to an action that was completed in the past, indicating that the subject (she) engaged in the activity of studying history last year.

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  • 6. 

     They __________ chocolate as their cheat meal when they were on a diet.

    • A.

      Ate

    • B.

      Has eaten

    • C.

      Have eaten

    • D.

      Were eaten

    Correct Answer
    A. Ate
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "ate" because it is the past tense form of the verb "eat." The sentence is describing an action that happened in the past, indicating that the subject consumed chocolate while on a diet.

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  • 7. 

     They ____________ anxious during their exam last September.

    • A.

      Feel

    • B.

      Was feeling

    • C.

      Felt

    • D.

      Have felt

    Correct Answer
    C. Felt
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the word "anxious" is used as an adjective to describe the state of the subject (they) during their exam last September. The correct verb form to use in this context is "felt," as it indicates a past-tense action or emotion. Therefore, the correct answer is "felt."

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  • 8. 

     It ___________ the hottest summer in history, so far!

    • A.

      Has been

    • B.

      Was

    • C.

      Have been

    • D.

      Was being

    Correct Answer
    A. Has been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has been" because it indicates that the hottest summer in history started in the past and is still continuing in the present, illustrated by the use of “so far.”

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  • 9. 

    We really ___________ the Halloween party last year.

    • A.

      Have enjoyed

    • B.

      Has enjoyed

    • C.

      Were enjoyed

    • D.

      Enjoyed

    Correct Answer
    D. Enjoyed
    Explanation
    The question asks for the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence. The subject "we" is plural, so the correct form of the verb should also be plural. "Have enjoyed" and "has enjoyed" are in the present perfect tense and do not match the past tense implied by "last year." "Were enjoyed" is in the passive voice and does not make sense in this context. Therefore, the correct answer is "enjoyed," which is the past tense form of the verb.

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  • 10. 

    I _______________ a comic yesterday.

    • A.

      Read

    • B.

      Was reading

    • C.

      Have read

    • D.

      Was read

    Correct Answer
    A. Read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "read" because the sentence is in the past tense and "read" is the simple past form of the verb "read".

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Juliette Firla |MA (Teaching Writing) |
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Juliette is a middle school English teacher at Sacred Heart of Greenwich, Connecticut. Juliette earned a BA in English/Language Arts Teacher Education from Elon University and an MA in Teaching Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She holds a Classroom Teacher license from the Connecticut State Department of Education. Juliette possesses strong skills in English language arts, writing, editing, and literature study. She has a deep passion for working with young people and contributing to the education of America's youth in the classroom.

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