T7 - Verb Tenses

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  • 1. 

    I met Tracey 40 years ago.

    • A.

      I´ve known her for 40 years.

    • B.

      I know her for 40 years.

    • C.

      I´m knowing her for 40 years.

    • D.

      I knew her for 40 years.

    Correct Answer
    A. I´ve known her for 40 years.
    Explanation
    (1) When we talk about how long we have known somebody, we use the present perfect. We do NOT use the present simple because we are talking about the past and the present at the same time.
    (2) To know somebody is a state, so we do not use continuous tenses.
    (3) The state started in the past and continues to now so it is linked to the present.

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  • 2. 

    Peter ____ ____ four cups of coffee so he couldn´t get to sleep.

    Correct Answer
    had had
    Explanation
    A state or action that occurs at a point of time before another state or action in the past.

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  • 3. 

    What / you / think / this quiz?

    • A.

      What are you thinking to this quiz?

    • B.

      What did you thinking about this quiz?

    • C.

      What do you think about this quiz?

    • D.

      What are you thinking this quiz?

    • E.

      What do you think this quiz?

    Correct Answer
    C. What do you think about this quiz?
    Explanation
    (1) We use the simple tenses when asking for an opinion.
    (2) "think about" or "think of"

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  • 4. 

    When I was young I ______ _____ ____ to the cinema every weekend with my younger brother.

    Correct Answer
    used to go, went
    Explanation
    We can use "used to" or past simple to talk about states and actions that occurred more than once in the past.

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  • 5. 

    I wish I ______ ______TV now and not doing this quiz.

    • A.

      Watched

    • B.

      Watch

    • C.

      Was watching

    • D.

      Could watch

    • E.

      Did watch

    Correct Answer
    C. Was watching
    Explanation
    (1) We use past tenses in hypothetical or imaginary situations.
    (2) We use past continuous in this sentence because the second half of the sentence is in continuous form.

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  • 6. 

    While / we / eat / our dinner, the police / come / to the door.

    • A.

      While we ate our dinner, the police come on the door.

    • B.

      While we eating our dinner, the police came to the door.

    • C.

      While we were eating our dinner, the police were coming to the door.

    • D.

      While we were eating our dinner, the police came to the door.

    Correct Answer
    D. While we were eating our dinner, the police came to the door.
    Explanation
    (1) We use past continuous to describe an action in progress in the past.
    (2) We use the past simple to describe an action that interrupts another action in the past.

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  • 7. 

    What a lovely day.  I____ ____ about going to the  beach.  Do you want to come?

    Correct Answer
    ´m thinking , am thinking
    Explanation
    Remember - verbs like "think" can be used for two different meanings. "I think it is cold today" is an opinion (a state) so we use simple tenses. "I'm thinking about my dinner tonight" is something you are doing (an action) so we can use the continuous. You should read the context carefully to decide if it is a "state" or an "action".

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  • 8. 

    I / not go / to Egypt.  Have you?

    • A.

      I didn´t go to Egypt. Have you?

    • B.

      I´ve never been to Egypt. Have you?

    • C.

      I never went to Egypt. Have you?

    • D.

      I´ve never gone to Egypt. Have you?

    Correct Answer
    B. I´ve never been to Egypt. Have you?
    Explanation
    The answer is B because the question is in present perfect.

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