Trivia Quiz: Can You Identify Present Perfect And Past Simple Tense?

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Can You Identify Present Perfect and Past Simple Tense in the trivia quiz below? Most people do not how to distinguish the use of the two tenses when it comes to a sentence since they both describe events that took place in the last, do you think that you can? Well, take up the quiz below and see how true that is.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I ... about the neighbours making noise before.

    • A.

      Have complain

    • B.

      Complained

    • C.

      Has complained

    • D.

      Have complained

    Correct Answer
    D. Have complained
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have complained". This is 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. The word "have" is the correct form of the auxiliary verb to match the subject "I". "Complained" is the past participle form of the verb "complain". Therefore, "have complained" is the correct form to indicate that the speaker has previously made complaints about the neighbors making noise.

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  • 2. 

    I ... my hands so I can help you with cooking.

    • A.

      Have washed

    • B.

      Washed

    • C.

      Have been washed

    • D.

      Have washing

    Correct Answer
    A. Have washed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have washed" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to describe an action that started in the past and has a connection to the present. In this case, the speaker is saying that they have already washed their hands in the past, and as a result, they are now able to help with cooking.

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  • 3. 

    Do you know how many people ... on the moon?

    • A.

      Has walked

    • B.

      Have walked

    • C.

      Walked

    • D.

      Did walked

    Correct Answer
    B. Have walked
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have walked." This is because the question is asking about the number of people who have performed the action of walking on the moon. "Have walked" is the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about past actions that are connected to the present. In this case, it implies that there have been people who walked on the moon at some point in the past, and this action is relevant to the present.

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  • 4. 

    The Earth ... about 5 million years ago

    • A.

      Has been formed

    • B.

      Has formed

    • C.

      Have formed

    • D.

      Was formed

    Correct Answer
    D. Was formed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was formed." This is because the sentence is referring to an event that happened in the past, specifically the formation of the Earth. Therefore, the past tense verb "was formed" is the most appropriate choice.

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  • 5. 

    Iwona ... to carry on with the course even though it was very difficult.

    • A.

      Decide

    • B.

      Has decided

    • C.

      Decided

    • D.

      Have decided

    Correct Answer
    C. Decided
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "decided". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and refers to a specific action that happened in the past. "Decided" is the past tense form of the verb "decide" and fits grammatically and contextually in the sentence.

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  • 6. 

    My brother ... into town to buy some new shoes.

    • A.

      Had gone

    • B.

      Have went

    • C.

      Has gone

    • D.

      Did went

    Correct Answer
    C. Has gone
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has gone". This is 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. "Has gone" is the correct form of the verb "to go" in the present perfect tense.

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  • 7. 

    Mira ... with her friends for three weeks now.

    • A.

      Have stayed

    • B.

      Stayed

    • C.

      Has stayed

    • D.

      Has stay

    Correct Answer
    C. Has stayed
    Explanation
    The phrase "for three weeks now" indicates that the action of staying with her friends started in the past and is still ongoing. Therefore, the correct verb tense to use is the present perfect tense, which is formed by combining "has" (for third person singular subjects like Mira) with the past participle of the verb "stay." Hence, the correct answer is "has stayed."

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  • 8. 

    My friend's daughter ... such a lot since we last saw her.

    • A.

      Have grown

    • B.

      Has grew

    • C.

      Has grown

    • D.

      Grew

    Correct Answer
    C. Has grown
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has grown." This is 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 ongoing or has just been completed. "Has grown" is the correct form of the verb "to grow" in the present perfect tense.

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  • 9. 

    The house prices ...dramatically in recent years.

    • A.

      Has fallen

    • B.

      Fallen

    • C.

      Have fallen

    • D.

      Fell

    Correct Answer
    C. Have fallen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have fallen" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense and refers to an action that started in the past and is still ongoing. "Have fallen" is the correct form of the verb "fall" in the present perfect tense.

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  • 10. 

    I ... to find out that she still was single

    • A.

      Have surprised

    • B.

      Was surprised

    • C.

      Surprised

    • D.

      Was surprising

    Correct Answer
    B. Was surprised
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "was surprised". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the subject "I" is the one who experienced the surprise. Therefore, the correct verb form to use is "was surprised".

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