Simple Tenses Quiz

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Welcome to the Simple Tenses Quiz! This quiz will test your understanding of the simple tenses in English grammar, including the present simple, past simple, and future simple tenses. You'll be presented with sentences and asked to identify the correct tense used. Whether you're a beginner looking to strengthen your grasp of basic grammar or a language enthusiast seeking to refine your skills, this quiz offers an opportunity to practice and improve. So, get ready to conjugate verbs and demonstrate your mastery of simple tenses! Are you prepared to embark on this grammar journey? Let's begin and see how well Read moreyou can navigate the world of simple tenses!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    I always …………….morning exercises and I often …………………..scientific books.

    • A.

      Read / do

    • B.

      Do / read

    • C.

      Reading / doing

    • D.

      Did / read

    • E.

      Did / readed

    Correct Answer
    B. Do / read
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "do / read". The sentence structure suggests that the person performs morning exercises and often engages in reading scientific books. The verb "do" is used to indicate the action of performing morning exercises, while the verb "read" is used to indicate the action of engaging in the activity of reading scientific books.

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  • 2. 

    Finally the Titanic……………at 10 o’clock on April 15th.

    • A.

      Sank

    • B.

      Sink

    • C.

      Sinkes

    • D.

      Sinked

    • E.

      Will sink

    Correct Answer
    A. Sank
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "sank." This is the past tense form of the verb "sink," which means to go down below the surface of water or another liquid. In the given sentence, the verb is referring to the action of the Titanic, which happened in the past. Therefore, "sank" is the appropriate form of the verb to use in this context.

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  • 3. 

     Ann usually ……………………..her house in the afternoon. But yesterday, she ………………her dinner at about 4:00.

    • A.

      Cleaned / cooked

    • B.

      Cleans / cooks

    • C.

      Will clean / cooks

    • D.

      Cleans / cooked

    • E.

      Did / readed

    • F.

      Will sink

    Correct Answer
    D. Cleans / cooked
    Explanation
    Cleans / Cooked are the right options to occupy the blanks. The sentence will then be: Ann usually cleans her house in the afternoon, but yesterday, she cooked her dinner at about 4 p.m.

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  • 4. 

     A- What are your vacation plans?  B- I…………………………………… two weeks on a Greek island.

    • A.

      Spending

    • B.

      Spend

    • C.

      Will spent

    • D.

      Spended

    • E.

      Spent

    • F.

      Am going to spend

    • G.

      Spends

    Correct Answer
    F. Am going to spend
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am going to spend" because it is the appropriate verb tense to use when talking about future plans. In this context, person B is talking about their future vacation plans, indicating that they have already made the decision to spend two weeks on a Greek island.

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  • 5. 

    When you ……………. in Stockholm, call my friend Gustav. He……………. you around the city and help you get situated.

    • A.

      Arrived / show

    • B.

      Arrive / will show

    • C.

      Arrived / showed

    • D.

      Arrives / shows

    Correct Answer
    B. Arrive / will show
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "arrive / will show" because the sentence is in the future tense and the verb "arrive" should be followed by the auxiliary verb "will" to indicate a future action. Additionally, the verb "show" should also be in the future tense to match the verb "arrive." Therefore, the correct answer is "arrive / will show."

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  • 6. 

    If it ……………. this weekend, we ……………. skiing near Lake Tahoe.

    • A.

      Goes / snow

    • B.

      Snows / go

    • C.

      Snowed / went

    • D.

      Snows / will go

    • E.

      Snow / shall go

    Correct Answer
    D. Snows / will go
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "snows / will go". This is because the sentence is in the future tense, indicating that the action of skiing near Lake Tahoe will happen in the future. Therefore, the correct verb forms to use are "snows" (indicating a future event) and "will go" (indicating a future action).

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  • 7. 

    John:  Wow, it's freezing out there. Jane:   I ……………. some coffee to warm us up. Do you want a piece of pie as well?

    • A.

      Will make

    • B.

      Am make

    • C.

      Made

    • D.

      Make

    • E.

      Am going to make

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Will make
    E. Am going to make
    Explanation
    In the given dialogue, Jane is offering to make some coffee, which suggests a decision made at the moment of speaking. In English, both "will" and "am going to" can be used for on-the-spot decisions, future intentions, or predictions. The context implies that the action has not yet been completed but is intended to be done shortly.

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  • 8. 

    Coffee sounds great! But I ……………. dinner with some friends later, so I'd better skip the pie.

    • A.

      Have

    • B.

      Has

    • C.

      Had

    • D.

      Will go

    • E.

      Am going to have

    Correct Answer
    E. Am going to have
    Explanation
    The sentence is in the present tense and the speaker is talking about a future event. The phrase "am going to have" indicates a planned action in the future, which fits the context of the sentence. The other options ("have," "has," "had," "will have") do not convey the same sense of a planned future action.

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  • 9. 

    Frank:       I heard you're taking a Spanish class at the community college.Tom:         Yeah, I  ……………. to Guatemala next spring and I thought knowing a little Spanish would make the trip easier.

    • A.

      Go

    • B.

      Went

    • C.

      Am going to go

    • D.

      Will go

    • E.

      Shall go

    Correct Answer
    C. Am going to go
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "am going to go" because Tom is referring to a future event (going to Guatemala next spring) and expressing his intention to do so (thought knowing a little Spanish would make the trip easier). The construction "am going to go" is used to talk about planned future actions.

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  • 10. 

    The doctor …………………. him as having hepatitis B recently.

    • A.

      Diagnosed

    • B.

      Reduced

    • C.

      Probed

    • D.

      Sneezed

    • E.

      Shall go

    Correct Answer
    A. Diagnosed
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "diagnosed". In this sentence, the doctor is performing an action on the person, indicating that they are determining or identifying a medical condition. The word "diagnosed" specifically means to identify a disease or illness through examination and testing. Therefore, it is the most appropriate word to complete the sentence and convey the intended meaning.

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  • 11. 

    The surgeons ……………….. her hip with a metal one last month.

    • A.

      Reccomended

    • B.

      Reduced

    • C.

      Replaced

    • D.

      Noticed

    Correct Answer
    C. Replaced
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "replaced." This is because the sentence states that the surgeons did something to "her hip" last month. The only option that makes sense in this context is that they replaced her hip with a metal one.

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  • 12. 

    John: Did you have fun? Kathy: No, the park …………………at 12 p.m so we had to go home early. 

    • A.

      Close

    • B.

      Closes

    • C.

      Closing

    • D.

      Closed

    • E.

      Will close

    • F.

      Shall close

    Correct Answer
    D. Closed
    Explanation
    Kathy's response "No, the park closed at 12 p.m" indicates that the park is no longer open. The word "closed" is the past tense form of the verb "close" and is used to indicate that an action or state has been completed in the past. Therefore, the correct answer is "closed."

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  • 13. 

    A friend of mine usually ……………….. chocolates or crisps.

    • A.

      Eat

    • B.

      Eating

    • C.

      Eats

    • D.

      Ate

    • E.

      Will eat

    Correct Answer
    C. Eats
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "eats". The sentence is in the present tense and refers to a friend's habitual action of eating chocolates or crisps. "Eats" is the correct verb form for the third person singular subject "friend".

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  • 14. 

    On the night of 14th April the Titanic …………….. an iceberg. 

    • A.

      Hit

    • B.

      Hited

    • C.

      Hite

    • D.

      Hat

    Correct Answer
    A. Hit
    Explanation
    On the night of 14th April, the Titanic collided with an iceberg. Although a bit tricky, “hit” is the correct past tense form of the verb “hit” - it does not change! 

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  • 15. 

    John: When did you arrive at Wonder World?Kathy: We …………………..at 5 p.m

    • A.

      Arrive

    • B.

      Will arrive

    • C.

      Shall arrive

    • D.

      Arrived

    Correct Answer
    D. Arrived
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "arrived" because Kathy is responding to John's question about when she arrived at Wonder World. The past tense "arrived" indicates that she has already arrived at the destination.

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  • 16. 

    They …………………on many things. For example, she ………………hiking and camping. He…………too.

    • A.

      Agree / enjoys / does

    • B.

      Enjoy / agrees / does

    • C.

      Do / agrees / enjoys

    Correct Answer
    A. Agree / enjoys / does
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "agree / enjoys / does". This is because the subject "They" agrees with the verb "agree". The subject "she" enjoys hiking and camping, and the subject "he" does too. Therefore, the correct verb forms are "enjoys" and "does".

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  • 17. 

    I usually …………………to bed at 12 o’clock. But I ………………to bed at 12 o’clock last night because I had to …………..my book.

    • A.

      Go / went / red

    • B.

      Go / didn't go / read

    • C.

      Go / go / read

    • D.

      Went / went / read

    Correct Answer
    B. Go / didn't go / read
    Explanation
    The sentence describes a habitual action ("I usually go to bed at 12 o'clock") followed by a specific event in the past ("But I didn't go to bed at 12 o'clock last night") and the reason for that event ("because I had to read my book").

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  • 18. 

    A- Hi Joseph. I heard that you…………………. into a new apartment.       B- That’s right. Sara and I found a great one on 45th Street. A- I…………………………………. you on moving day if you like. B- Hey, great! We’d really appreciate that.

    • A.

      Move / will help

    • B.

      Moved / help

    • C.

      Will moving / will help

    • D.

      Are going to move / going to help

    • E.

      Are going to move / will help

    Correct Answer
    E. Are going to move / will help
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "are going to move / will help". In the conversation, Joseph mentions that he and Sara found a new apartment on 45th street, indicating their future plan to move. Additionally, Joseph offers to help the speaker on moving day, suggesting their willingness to assist in the future. Therefore, the appropriate verb tenses to use are "are going to move" to indicate the future plan and "will help" to express the willingness to assist.

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  • 19. 

    Every month I …………………a letter to her. She ……………….me some presents the day before yesterday!

    • A.

      Wrote / sending

    • B.

      Wrote / send

    • C.

      Write / sent

    • D.

      Write / send

    Correct Answer
    C. Write / sent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "write / sent". The sentence is in the present tense, so the verb "write" is used to indicate a recurring action that happens every month. The verb "sent" is in the past tense, indicating that the action of sending presents occurred in the past, specifically the day before yesterday.

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  • 20. 

    Your mom …………….yesterday.

    • A.

      Not call

    • B.

      Didn't call

    • C.

      No called

    • D.

      Call not

    Correct Answer
    B. Didn't call
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "didn't call". This is the correct answer because the sentence is in the past tense and is negating the action of calling. "Didn't call" is the correct past tense negative form of the verb "to call".

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Juliette Firla |MA (Teaching Writing) |
K-12 English Expert
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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