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Present perfect, past simple and past perfect


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  • 1. 

    We first _________ in a small flat.

    • A.

      've lived

    • B.

      Lived

    Correct Answer
    B. Lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "lived". The verb "lived" is the past tense form of "live". The sentence suggests that the action of living in a small flat occurred in the past. The use of "first" indicates that there may have been subsequent living arrangements.

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  • 2. 

    Yes! We ___________ for 18 years.

    • A.

      've been married

    • B.

      Were married

    Correct Answer
    A. 've been married
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 've been married. This is because the phrase "have been married" is the correct form of the verb "to be" in the present perfect tense. It indicates that the action of being married started in the past and is still ongoing in the present.

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  • 3. 

    We __________ in 1990.

    • A.

      Got married

    • B.

      've married

    Correct Answer
    A. Got married
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "got married" because it is the past tense form of the verb "get married" which means to enter into a marriage or to become married. Since the sentence is in the past tense and the action of getting married happened in 1990, "got married" is the appropriate choice. The other option, "'ve married" is incorrect because it is a contraction of "have married" which is the present perfect tense and does not match the past tense context of the sentence.

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  • 4. 

    I ________ my husband at high school.

    • A.

      've met

    • B.

      Met

    Correct Answer
    A. 've met
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 've met. This is because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and has a connection to the present. "I have met" implies that the speaker met their husband at some point in the past, but the meeting still has relevance or impact on their current situation.

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  • 5. 

    I _____________ in Buenos Aires since I was born.

    • A.

      've lived

    • B.

      Lived

    Correct Answer
    A. 've lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 've lived. 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 in the present. The contraction 've is short for have, and it is used with the pronoun I. Therefore, the correct form is 've lived.

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  • 6. 

    In the year 2000, we ________ to a house in the suburbs.

    • A.

      Moved

    • B.

      've moved

    Correct Answer
    A. Moved
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "moved." This is the correct answer because the sentence is in the past tense and "moved" is the past tense form of the verb "move."

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  • 7. 

    We ____________ in the same house since then.

    • A.

      Lived

    • B.

      've lived

    Correct Answer
    B. 've lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 've lived. This is because the sentence is referring to an action that started in the past and is still continuing in the present. The contraction 've is a shortened form of have, which is used to indicate the present perfect tense. Therefore, 've lived is the correct form to express the idea that the speaker has been living in the same house since a past time and continues to do so.

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  • 8. 

    I _______________ comics since a was a little boy.

    • A.

      Read

    • B.

      Was reading

    • C.

      Reads

    • D.

      Have read

    • E.

      Was read

    Correct Answer
    D. Have read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have read." 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 continues up to the present. The phrase "since I was a little boy" indicates that the action of reading comics started in the past and is still ongoing. Therefore, "have read" is the appropriate verb form to use in this context.

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  • 9. 

    We really ___________ Guy Fawkes night last year.

    • A.

      Have enjoyed

    • B.

      Has enjoyed

    • C.

      Were enjoyed

    • D.

      Enjoyed

    • E.

      Was enjoyed

    Correct Answer
    D. Enjoyed
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense and the subject is "we". "Enjoyed" is the correct past tense form of the verb "enjoy" to agree with the subject "we".

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  • 10. 

    It ___________ the Zaragoza Expo icon for one year.

    • A.

      Has been

    • B.

      Was

    • C.

      Have been

    • D.

      Were

    • E.

      Was being

    Correct Answer
    A. Has been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has been". This is because "has been" is the present perfect tense of the verb "to be" and is used to indicate an action that started in the past and continues up until the present. In this context, it suggests that the Zaragoza Expo icon was chosen or designated for one year and continues to hold that status.

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  • 11. 

    They ____________ horrified in their exam last September

    • A.

      Feel

    • B.

      Was feeling

    • C.

      Felt

    • D.

      Were felt

    • E.

      Have felt

    Correct Answer
    C. Felt
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the subject "they" is the one who experienced the feeling of being horrified. The verb form "felt" is the past tense of "feel" and is the correct choice to indicate their state of being horrified during their exam last September.

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  • 12. 

    She ________________ History last year.

    • A.

      Has studied

    • B.

      Have studied

    • C.

      Was studied

    • D.

      Study

    • E.

      Studied

    Correct Answer
    E. Studied
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "studied" because the sentence is in the past tense and the subject "she" is singular. Therefore, the verb should be in the past tense and agree with the subject. "Studied" is the past tense form of the verb "study" and matches with the subject "she".

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  • 13. 

    They ______________ Matias López chocolate more than twice a day.

    • A.

      Ate

    • B.

      Has eaten

    • C.

      Have eaten

    • D.

      Were eating

    • E.

      Were eaten

    Correct Answer
    C. Have eaten
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have eaten." This is because the sentence is in the present perfect tense and "have eaten" is the correct form of the verb for the subject "they." The word "more than twice a day" indicates a repeated action in the past, which is why the present perfect tense is used.

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  • 14. 

    She __________ this computer program in 2005.

    • A.

      Has learnt

    • B.

      Learnt

    • C.

      Was learnt

    • D.

      Have learnt

    • E.

      Has learning

    Correct Answer
    B. Learnt
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "learnt." This is the past tense form of the verb "learn," which indicates that the action of learning the computer program took place in 2005.

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  • 15. 

    They ___________ friends since they were two.

    • A.

      Are

    • B.

      Were

    • C.

      Have been

    • D.

      Has been

    • E.

      Were being

    Correct Answer
    C. Have been
    Explanation
    The sentence indicates a continuous action or state of being that started in the past and is still true in the present. The phrase "have been" is the correct answer because it is the present perfect tense of the verb "to be." It shows that the action of being friends started in the past (when they were two) and has continued up until the present moment.

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  • 16. 

    He __________ in his project since May

    • A.

      Was worked

    • B.

      Have worked

    • C.

      Has worked

    • D.

      Worked

    • E.

      Has working

    Correct Answer
    C. Has worked
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has worked" because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about actions that started in the past and are still ongoing. The word "since" indicates that the action started in May and is continuing until the present. Therefore, the correct form of the verb is "has worked."

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  • 17. 

    The teacher _________________ for half an hour.

    • A.

      Has explained

    • B.

      Explained

    • C.

      Is explaining

    • D.

      Have explained

    • E.

      Was explained

    Correct Answer
    A. Has explained
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has explained". 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 continuing in the present. In this case, the teacher started explaining something in the past and has been doing so for half an hour.

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  • 18. 

    She (to thank) _____________ him for the chocolates when he gave them to her.

    Correct Answer
    thanked
    Explanation
    Simple past clue - when he gave them to her

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  • 19. 

    He (to buy) ________________ some chocolates for her.

    Correct Answer
    bought
    Explanation
    Could be present perfect but simple past is best because he is already waiting at the station for her so he must have bought the chocolates earlier.

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  • 20. 

    He (to like)  _______________ her for a long time.

    Correct Answer
    has liked
    Explanation
    Present perfect clue - for a long time

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  • 21. 

    She________ just (to leave) ____________ college to go home.

    Correct Answer
    has left
    Explanation
    Present perfect clue - just

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  • 22. 

    So far she (to study) __________________ English for one year in Sydney.

    Correct Answer
    has studied
    Explanation
    Present perfect clue - so far

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  • 23. 

    She (to live) ____________ in Tokyo 5 years ago.

    Correct Answer
    lived
    Explanation
    Simple past clue - ago

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  • 24. 

    He ______ always (to wait) ___________ for her at the train station.

    Correct Answer
    has waited
    Explanation
    Present perfect clue - always can be used

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  • 25. 

    She (to study) ______________ Information Technology in Tokyo.

    Correct Answer
    studied
    Explanation
    She lives in Sydney now so this is the simple past.

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  • 26. 

    She (to be) _______________ in Sydney for 5 years.

    Correct Answer
    has been
    Explanation
    Present perfect clue - for 5 years.

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  • 27. 

    He then (to ask) _________ her out and she said yes immediately!

    Correct Answer
    asked
    Explanation
    Simple past clue - then

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  • 28. 

    6: She ... four marathons.  Her first one ... in 2001 in Amsterdam.

    • A.

      Has run / has been

    • B.

      Ran / was

    • C.

      Has run / was

    Correct Answer
    C. Has run / was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has run / was". This is because "has run" is the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about past actions that are connected to the present. In this case, the action of running the marathons is connected to the present because it is still relevant to the person's running history. "Was" is used to indicate the past tense of the verb "to be", which is appropriate for the first marathon that took place in 2001.

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  • 29. 

    4.  We ... to France on holiday last year.

    • A.

      Went

    • B.

      've gone

    • C.

      Go

    Correct Answer
    A. Went
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "went" because it is the past tense form of the verb "to go." This sentence is referring to a past action of going to France on holiday last year.

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  • 30. 

    5: He ... had a lot of problems recently.

    • A.

      Have

    • B.

      's

    • C.

      Is

    Correct Answer
    B. 's
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 's. This is because the sentence is referring to someone who has had a lot of problems recently. The contraction 's is used to indicate possession or association, in this case indicating that the person has had the problems.

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  • 31. 

    3: She's ... the boss for 6 months now.

    • A.

      Has

    • B.

      Be

    • C.

      Been

    Correct Answer
    C. Been
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "been." This is because the sentence is referring to an ongoing action or state that started in the past and is still continuing in the present. The word "been" is the past participle form of the verb "be," which is used to indicate this continuous action or state. Therefore, "been" is the appropriate choice to express the idea that she has been the boss for 6 months and is still the boss.

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  • 32. 

    2: I ... him for ages.

    • A.

      Seen

    • B.

      Haven't saw

    • C.

      Haven't seen

    Correct Answer
    C. Haven't seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "haven't seen." The sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and continues into the present. The phrase "for ages" suggests a long duration, which aligns with the use of the present perfect tense. "Haven't saw" is incorrect grammar as it should be "haven't seen" to form the present perfect tense correctly.

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  • 33. 

    1:  ... in Trujillo since 2004.

    • A.

      She lived

    • B.

      She's lived

    • C.

      She's live

    Correct Answer
    B. She's lived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "She's lived." This is the correct answer because it uses the contraction "She's," which is short for "She has." The word "lived" is the past tense of the verb "live," which is the correct verb form to use in this sentence. The use of the present perfect tense "has lived" indicates that the action of living in Trujillo started in the past and has continued up until the present moment.

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  • 34. 

    Research  ________ that cycling can help patients overcome their illnesses.

    • A.

      Showed

    • B.

      Has shown

    Correct Answer
    B. Has shown
    Explanation
    The use of "has shown" in the answer suggests that there is existing evidence or research that supports the idea that cycling can help patients overcome their illnesses. This implies that there have been studies or findings indicating a positive correlation between cycling and the improvement of patient health.

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  • 35. 

    Oh, no! My car I________!

    • A.

      Has disappeared

    • B.

      Disappeared

    Correct Answer
    A. Has disappeared
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has disappeared" because the phrase "has disappeared" is in the present perfect tense, which indicates an action that started in the past and is still relevant in the present. In this case, the speaker's car disappeared at some point in the past, and the fact that it is still missing is important to the speaker.

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  • 36. 

    I ________ my hands so I that I can help you with the cooking.

    • A.

      Washed

    • B.

      Have washed

    Correct Answer
    B. Have washed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have washed." This is because the sentence is in the present perfect tense, indicating an action that started in the past and has a connection to the present. The use of "have" as an auxiliary verb followed by the past participle "washed" indicates that the action of washing the hands has been completed prior to the present moment. This implies that the speaker has already washed their hands in order to be able to help with the cooking.

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  • 37. 

    She ________ about the traffic last week.

    • A.

      Complained

    • B.

      Has complained

    Correct Answer
    A. Complained
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the past tense, indicating that the action of complaining about the traffic occurred in the past. Therefore, the correct answer is "complained." The other option, "has complained," uses the present perfect tense, which suggests that the action is ongoing or has a connection to the present, but this does not fit the context of the sentence.

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  • 38. 

    Mr. Robinson _________  the election!

    • A.

      Just won

    • B.

      Has just won

    Correct Answer
    B. Has just won
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has just won." This is because the phrase "has just won" indicates that Mr. Robinson recently won the election. The use of the present perfect tense "has" followed by the adverb "just" emphasizes the immediacy of the action.

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  • 39. 

    Nobody ______ever ________ that mountain. (climb)

    • A.

      Has ... been climbed

    • B.

      Has ... climb

    • C.

      Have... climbed

    • D.

      Has .... climbed

    Correct Answer
    D. Has .... climbed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "has .... climbed". 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 "nobody" indicates that no one has ever climbed the mountain, and "has" is the correct form of the auxiliary verb for the third person singular subject. The word "climbed" is the past participle form of the verb "climb" that is used in the present perfect tense.

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  • 40. 

    People ________ to the Moon. (travel)

    • A.

      Has traveled

    • B.

      Have been traveled

    • C.

      Have traveled

    • D.

      Had traveled

    Correct Answer
    C. Have traveled
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have traveled" because it is in the present perfect tense, indicating that the action of traveling to the Moon has occurred at some point in the past and is still relevant in the present.

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  • 41. 

    I _________ that movie twenty times. (see)

    • A.

      Have seen

    • B.

      Have saw

    • C.

      Have been seeing

    • D.

      Have see

    Correct Answer
    A. Have seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have seen" 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. "Have seen" is the correct form of the verb "see" in the present perfect tense.

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  • 42. 

    The children ________ the Indiana Jones movie. (see)

    Correct Answer
    have seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "have seen" because it is the present perfect tense of the verb "see." In this sentence, the word "have" is used as an auxiliary verb to indicate that the action of seeing the Indiana Jones movie was completed in the past but is still relevant to the present.

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  • 43. 

    I _________ that book three times. (read)

    Correct Answer
    have read
    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. The phrase "have read" is the correct form of the verb "read" in the present perfect tense. It indicates that the action of reading the book has occurred multiple times in the past and has a connection to the present.

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  • 44. 

    We _________ to Italy before.  (go)

    Correct Answer
    have gone
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about an action that happened in the past but has a connection to the present. The phrase "have gone" is the correct form of the verb "go" in the present perfect tense to indicate that the speaker has experienced going to Italy at some point in their life.

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  • 45. 

    I can't believe you _______ just ________ a cake! (made)

    Correct Answer
    have made
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about an action that happened in the past but has a connection to the present. In this case, the speaker is expressing disbelief at the fact that someone made a cake. By using "have made," it indicates that the action of making the cake occurred at some point before the present moment.

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  • 46. 

    _________he ___________ to his boss yet? (speak)

    Correct Answer
    Has spoken
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Has spoken" because the question is asking whether or not he has spoken to his boss. The verb "has spoken" is in the present perfect tense, which is used to talk about past actions that are still relevant in the present.

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  • 47. 

    Tony knew Istanbul so well because he _____________the city several times. (visit)

    • A.

      Had visited

    • B.

      Have been visited

    • C.

      Had been visited

    • D.

      Has visit

    Correct Answer
    A. Had visited
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had visited". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the word "had" indicates that the action of visiting Istanbul occurred before another past event or time.

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  • 48. 

    She only understood the movie because she _______ the book. (read)

    • A.

      Have read

    • B.

      Had been read

    • C.

      Had read

    • D.

      Has read

    Correct Answer
    C. Had read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had read". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the word "had" indicates that the action of reading the book occurred before the action of understanding the movie.

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  • 49. 

    I _____never ______such a beautiful beach before I went to Kauai. (see)

    • A.

      Had... seen

    • B.

      Have... seen

    • C.

      Had...saw

    • D.

      Has... been seeing

    Correct Answer
    A. Had... seen
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had... seen". This is because the sentence is in the past perfect tense, indicating that the action of seeing the beautiful beach occurred before another past action (going to Kauai). The past perfect tense is formed by using the auxiliary verb "had" followed by the past participle of the main verb, which in this case is "seen".

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  • 50. 

    Joe ______ English before he moved to New York. (study)

    • A.

      Has studied

    • B.

      Have studied

    • C.

      Had been studied

    • D.

      Had studied

    Correct Answer
    D. Had studied
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "had studied". This is because the sentence is in the past tense and the action of studying English occurred before Joe moved to New York. The past perfect tense "had studied" is used to indicate an action that was completed before another past action or event.

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