Grammar Quiz: Simple Past Tense Trivia Questions

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Grammar Quiz is made up of Simple Past Tense Trivia Questions. The simple past tense of regular verbs is marked by the ending -d or -ed. The quiz below is perfect for helping you see just how well you understand these types of sentences, do give it a try and get to perfect your skills. All the best, and keep practicing!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When did you last hear from your parents?

    • A.

      I hear from them yesterday

    • B.

      I heard from them yesterday

    • C.

      I did hear from them yesterday

    • D.

      I heared from them yesterday

    Correct Answer
    B. I heard from them yesterday
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I heard from them yesterday." This is the correct answer because it uses the past tense form of the verb "hear" to indicate that the action of hearing from the parents occurred in the past, specifically yesterday. The other options either use incorrect verb forms ("heared") or incorrect verb tenses ("I hear" or "I did hear").

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  • 2. 

    They  ________ the night of the carnival

    • A.

      Met

    • B.

      Meeted

    • C.

      Meet

    • D.

      Did meet

    Correct Answer
    A. Met
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "met." This is the past tense form of the verb "meet," which means to come together or encounter someone. In the given sentence, "They met the night of the carnival" indicates that they encountered each other or came together on that particular night.

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  • 3. 

    What __________ in common?

    • A.

      Had they

    • B.

      Did they had

    • C.

      Did they

    • D.

      Did they have

    Correct Answer
    D. Did they have
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "did they have". This is the correct form of the question in past tense. The word "did" is used to form questions in the past tense, and "have" is the correct verb to use in this context.

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  • 4. 

    They  ____________ in love, didn't they?

    • A.

      Felt

    • B.

      Fallen

    • C.

      Did fall

    • D.

      Fell

    Correct Answer
    D. Fell
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "fell". The question is asking if they fell in love. "Fell" is the past tense of the verb "fall", and in this context, it means to develop romantic feelings for someone. Therefore, the sentence is asking if they developed romantic feelings for each other.

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  • 5. 

    Sparks _____________ this best-selling novel in 2000

    • A.

      Wrote

    • B.

      Wroted

    • C.

      Writed

    • D.

      Write

    Correct Answer
    A. Wrote
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "wrote." This is because the verb "wrote" is the past tense form of "write," which is the action that is being described in the sentence. It is stating that the author of this best-selling novel completed the writing of it in the year 2000.

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  • 6. 

    I ____________ your picture in the paper and ____________ to see you

    • A.

      Sawn - wanted

    • B.

      Saw want

    • C.

      Saw wanted

    • D.

      Sawed want

    Correct Answer
    C. Saw wanted
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "saw wanted". The verb "saw" is in the past tense and it agrees with the subject "I". The verb "wanted" is in the past tense and it agrees with the subject "I". Therefore, the correct sentence is "I saw your picture in the paper and wanted to see you."

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  • 7. 

    Who did she ________________ ?

    • A.

      Chose

    • B.

      Choice

    • C.

      Choose

    • D.

      Chooes

    Correct Answer
    C. Choose
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "choose". This is the correct verb form to use in the sentence to indicate the action of selecting someone or something. The other options, "chose", "choice", and "chooes", are either incorrect verb forms or not suitable for the sentence structure.

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  • 8. 

    How long ________________ ?

    • A.

      She waited

    • B.

      Waited her

    • C.

      Did she wait

    • D.

      Did wait

    Correct Answer
    C. Did she wait
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "did she wait". This is the correct answer because it uses the correct question form for asking about the duration of an action in the past. The auxiliary verb "did" is used to form the question, followed by the subject "she" and the base form of the verb "wait".

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  • 9. 

    He _____________ to her last night

    • A.

      Red

    • B.

      Read

    • C.

      Wred

    • D.

      Did reads

    Correct Answer
    B. Read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "read". This is the past tense form of the verb "to read", which fits grammatically in the sentence "He read to her last night".

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  • 10. 

    The film ______________ in America.

    • A.

      Set

    • B.

      Was set

    • C.

      Setted

    • D.

      Were setted

    Correct Answer
    B. Was set
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was set." This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "set" needs to be conjugated to agree with the subject "film," which is singular. Therefore, "was set" is the correct past tense form of the verb to fit the sentence structure.

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  • 11. 

    Pasta is the __________________ eaten food in Italy.

    • A.

      More

    • B.

      Most commonly

    • C.

      Commonest

    • D.

      Widest

    Correct Answer
    B. Most commonly
    Explanation
    ADVERB describing the WAY pasta is eaten

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