If You Pass This Exam, You've Mastered Tenses

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In grammar, tense is a category that expresses time reference. Tenses are usually manifested by the use of specific forms of verbs, particularly in their conjugation patterns. The main tenses found in many languages include the past, present, and future. If you pass this exam, you've mastered tenses!
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Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Please don’t make so much noise. I _______ (I / try) to work.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am trying" because the sentence is in the present continuous tense, which is used to talk about actions happening at the time of speaking. In this case, the speaker is currently trying to work and is asking others to not make noise.

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  • 2. 

    The situation is already very bad and now it _____ worse (get)

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the present tense and is referring to a situation that is currently bad. The use of "is getting" indicates that the situation is continuing to worsen in the present moment. This suggests that there has been a progression from bad to worse, implying that the situation is deteriorating further.

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  • 3. 

    Julia _____ (not / drink) tea very often.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "does not drink" because the sentence is in the present simple tense and is referring to Julia's regular habits. The negative form of the present simple tense is formed by using "do not" or "does not" followed by the base form of the verb. In this case, "does not drink" indicates that Julia does not have the habit of drinking tea frequently.

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  • 4. 

    The museum _______ at 4 o’clock on Sundays (close)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "closes". In this sentence, the verb "closes" is used to indicate the action of the museum at a specific time, which is 4 o'clock on Sundays.

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  • 5. 

    The earth _____ round the sun. (go)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "goes" because it is the third-person singular form of the verb "go" in the present tense. In this sentence, "The earth" is the subject and it is being described as moving or orbiting around the sun. Since it is a singular noun, the verb form "goes" is used.

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  • 6. 

    I ______ Mary is Canadian, but I’m not sure (think)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "think" because the speaker is expressing uncertainty about Mary's nationality. They are indicating that they believe Mary is Canadian, but they are not completely sure. The verb "think" is appropriate in this context as it conveys the speaker's opinion or belief rather than a definite statement of fact.

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  • 7. 

    ______ that man over there? (you/see)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Do you see." In this question, the speaker is asking if the person being addressed can see a specific man. The phrase "Do you see" is the correct way to form a question in the present tense using the pronoun "you" and the verb "see."

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  • 8. 

    I work in a travel agency now. Before that I _____ in a department store. (work)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "worked" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "work" needs to be conjugated in the past tense to match the subject "I".

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  • 9. 

    Laura ________ her exam because she studied very hard. (pass)

    Explanation
    Laura was able to successfully complete or achieve a passing grade on her exam because she put in a lot of effort and studied diligently.

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  • 10. 

    How many people _______ to the wedding? (they/invite)

    Explanation
    The question is asking about the number of people who were invited to the wedding. The correct answer "did they invite" is in the past tense and uses the auxiliary verb "did" to form the question. This indicates that the invitation has already taken place and is asking for the number of people who were invited.

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  • 11. 

    I ______ anything because I didn’t have any money. (buy)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "did not buy" because the sentence is in the past tense and the negative form of the verb "buy" in the past tense is "did not buy". This means that the speaker did not make a purchase because they did not have any money.

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  • 12. 

    I was annoyed because ______ late. (they/be)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "they were" because the sentence is in the past tense and "they" is the subject of the sentence. In the past tense, the correct form of the verb "be" for the subject "they" is "were".

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  • 13. 

    Mozart _______ more than 600 pieces of music. (write)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "wrote" because it is the past tense form of the verb "write." The sentence is stating that Mozart completed the action of writing more than 600 pieces of music in the past.

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  • 14. 

    We couldn’t afford to keep our car, so we _______ it. (sell)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "sold" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "sell" needs to be conjugated to match the subject "we". "Sold" is the past tense form of "sell" and is the correct verb form to use in this sentence.

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  • 15. 

    This time last year I _____ in Hong Kong. (live)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was living" because the sentence is referring to an action that was happening at a specific point in the past. The phrase "this time last year" indicates a specific time in the past, and the verb "live" needs to be in the past continuous tense to show that the action was ongoing at that time.

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  • 16. 

    Matt phoned while we ______ dinner. (have)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "were having" because the verb "were" is the past continuous tense of the verb "to be" and "having" is the present participle form of the verb "to have." This indicates that the action of having dinner was ongoing in the past when Matt phoned.

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  • 17. 

    It ______ when I got up. (rain)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was raining" because the sentence is in the past tense and the verb "rain" needs to be in the past continuous form to match the tense. The word "when" indicates that the action of raining was already happening at the time the speaker got up.

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  • 18. 

    I ____ along the road when I saw Dan. So I stopped, and we talked for a while. (walk)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was walking" because it is used to describe an ongoing action in the past. The sentence indicates that the speaker was in the middle of walking along the road when they saw Dan, so the past continuous tense is appropriate to convey this continuous action.

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  • 19. 

    We were good friends. We _____ each other well. (know)

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense and refers to a past friendship. The verb "knew" is the correct past tense form of "know" and accurately describes the action of having knowledge about each other.

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  • 20. 

    I was enjoying the party, but Chris ______ to go home. (want)

    Explanation
    Chris wanted to go home.

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  • 21. 

    Police ________ two men in connection with the robbery. (arrest)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have arrested" because it is in the present perfect tense, indicating that the action of arresting the two men has been completed in the past but has a connection to the present. This suggests that the police recently apprehended the two men in relation to the robbery.

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  • 22. 

    Sally is still here. She _____ out. (go out)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has not gone" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense. "Has not gone" indicates that Sally is still present and has not left yet.

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  • 23. 

    He told me his name, but I ______ it. (forget)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have forgotten." In this sentence, the verb "told" is in the past tense, indicating that the action of telling the name occurred in the past. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is the present perfect tense "have forgotten," which indicates an action that started in the past and continues to the present. This implies that the speaker forgot the name at some point in the past and still does not remember it.

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  • 24. 

    ‘Are you hungry?’ ‘No, I ____ lunch.’ (just/have)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have just had." This is because the phrase "have just had" indicates that the person has recently eaten lunch, which is why they are not hungry. The word "just" emphasizes the immediacy of the action, implying that the person has finished eating very recently.

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  • 25. 

    ‘Don’t forget to pay the bill.’ ‘I ______ it.’ (already/pay)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have already paid" because the phrase "I have already paid" indicates that the action of paying the bill has already been completed in the past. The use of the present perfect tense "have" and the past participle "paid" shows that the payment occurred before the present moment.

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  • 26. 

    I’ve written the email, but I _______. (sent it/yet)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have not sent it yet" because the phrase "have not sent" indicates that the action of sending the email has not been completed. The word "yet" emphasizes that the action has not happened up to the present time. Therefore, the email has been written but not yet sent.

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  • 27. 

    After lunch you go to see a friend at her house. She says, ‘Would you like something to eat?’ You say: No thank you. I _______ . (have lunch)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have just had." This answer implies that you have recently eaten lunch and are not hungry at the moment.

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  • 28. 

    ______ caviar? (you/ever/eat)

    Explanation
    The given correct answer "Have you ever eaten" is the correct form of the question, using the present perfect tense to ask about a past experience. It is asking if the person has had the experience of eating caviar at any point in their life.

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  • 29. 

    We _____ a car. (never/have)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have never had." This is because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is formed by using the auxiliary verb "have" followed by the past participle of the main verb. In this case, the main verb is "had," indicating ownership or possession of a car. The word "never" is placed before the auxiliary verb "have" to indicate that the action of having a car has not occurred at any point in the past.

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  • 30. 

    I don’t know what the film is about. I _______ it. (see)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have not seen" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense. The phrase "have not seen" indicates that the action of watching the film has not occurred in the past up until now.

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  • 31. 

    It’s a really boring movie. It’s the most boring movie I ______. (ever/see)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have ever seen" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense and refers to an action that started in the past and continues up to the present. The phrase "have ever seen" emphasizes that out of all the movies the person has watched, this one is the most boring.

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  • 32. 

    _______ anything from Ben recently? (you/hear)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Have you heard." This is because the question is asking if the person has received any information or news about Ben recently. The phrase "Have you heard" is commonly used to inquire about someone's knowledge or awareness of a particular topic or event.

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  • 33. 

    I ______ a lot of people in the last few days. (meet)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have met" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and is still ongoing or has just been completed. "Have met" is the present perfect form of the verb "meet," which is used to describe an action that has happened at an unspecified time before now.

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  • 34. 

    Everything is going well. There ______ any problems so far. (be)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have not been." This is because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is formed by using the auxiliary verb "have" followed by the past participle of the main verb. In this case, the main verb is "be," and the past participle is "been." Since the sentence is negative, we use the contraction "haven't" before the subject "there." Therefore, the correct answer is "have not been."

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  • 35. 

    The weather is bad here. It ________ every day since I arrived. (rain)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has rained" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense. The phrase "since I arrived" indicates that the action of raining started in the past and is still continuing in the present. Therefore, the verb "rain" needs to be conjugated in the present perfect tense, which is "has rained".

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  • 36. 

    It’s good to see you again. We ______ each other for a long time. (see)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have not seen" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense. The phrase "have not seen" indicates that the action of seeing each other has not occurred in the past up until now.

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  • 37. 

    I ______ four cups of coffee today. (drink)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have drunk" because it is the present perfect tense of the verb "drink." This tense is used to talk about actions that started in the past and are still relevant in the present. In this sentence, the speaker is referring to the four cups of coffee they have consumed today.

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  • 38. 

    It’s the first time he ______ a car. (drive)

    Explanation
    The sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about an action that started in the past and is still relevant in the present. In this case, the person has driven a car for the first time, indicating that the action started in the past and has an impact on the present. Therefore, "has driven" is the correct answer.

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  • 39. 

    Sarah has lost her passport again. This is the second time this _______. (happen)

    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "has happened" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about an action that started in the past and is still relevant in the present. In this case, Sarah losing her passport is an action that has occurred twice, indicating a repeated event. Therefore, "has happened" correctly conveys the idea that it has occurred in the past and is still applicable in the present.

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  • 40. 

    Andy is phoning his girlfriend again. It’s the third time he _______ her this evening. (phone)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has phoned" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and is still ongoing or has just been completed. In this case, Andy has phoned his girlfriend three times this evening, showing a connection between the past and the present.

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  • 41. 

    Why are you out of breath? ________? (you/run)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Have you been running." This is because the question is asking for a possible reason for being out of breath. "Have you been running" suggests that the person may be out of breath because they have been engaged in physical activity, specifically running.

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  • 42. 

    Paul is very tired. He _______ very hard. (work)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has been working" because the sentence is in the present perfect continuous tense. This tense is used to describe an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. In this case, Paul is tired because he has been working very hard, indicating that his hard work started in the past and is still continuing.

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  • 43. 

    Where have you been? I ______ for you for the last half hour. (look)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have been looking" because the sentence is in the present perfect continuous tense. The speaker is referring to an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. The phrase "have been" indicates the present perfect tense, and "looking" is the present participle form of the verb "look." Therefore, "have been looking" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 44. 

    Every morning they meet in the same cafe. They ______ there for years. (go)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have been going" because the sentence is in the present perfect continuous tense, indicating an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. The phrase "for years" further emphasizes the duration of their daily meetings in the cafe.

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  • 45. 

    We _______ for an hour. (wait)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have been waiting" because the sentence is in the present perfect continuous tense. This tense is used to express an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. In this case, the action of waiting started in the past and has been continuing for an hour.

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  • 46. 

    There is paint on Kate’s clothes. She ______ her bedroom. (paint)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has been painting" because the sentence indicates that there is paint on Kate's clothes, suggesting that she has been involved in the activity of painting. The phrase "has been painting" is in the present perfect continuous tense, which is used to describe an action that started in the past and is still ongoing or has just finished. Therefore, it is the most appropriate choice to indicate that Kate has been engaged in the act of painting her bedroom.

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  • 47. 

    The bedroom was green. Now it is yellow. She ________ her bedroom. (paint)

    Explanation
    The use of "has painted" in the answer indicates that the action of painting the bedroom has been completed in the past but has a present impact. The verb tense "has painted" is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about actions that happened at an indefinite time in the past but have a connection to the present. In this case, the bedroom was green in the past, but now it is yellow, suggesting that the action of painting took place recently and has resulted in the current state of the bedroom.

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  • 48. 

    My hands are very dirty. I _______ my bike. (repair)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have been repairing" because the sentence indicates that the speaker's hands are currently dirty, suggesting ongoing action. The present perfect continuous tense "have been repairing" is used to describe an action that started in the past and is still happening in the present. Therefore, it implies that the speaker has been actively working on repairing their bike, resulting in dirty hands.

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  • 49. 

    Somebody ______ all the chocolates. The box is empty. (eat)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has eaten" because the verb "has" is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and is still relevant in the present. The word "eaten" is the past participle form of the verb "eat," which is used in the present perfect tense. Therefore, "has eaten" correctly expresses the idea that somebody performed the action of eating all the chocolates, resulting in the empty box.

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  • 50. 

    How long ______ that book? (you/read)

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have you been reading" because the question is asking about the duration of time that the person has been reading the book. The phrase "have you been reading" is in the present perfect continuous tense, which is used to talk about an action that started in the past and is still ongoing in the present. In this case, it implies that the person has been reading the book for a certain period of time and is still reading it.

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