Types of Verbs
Before you begin the verb tense lessons, it is
extremely important to understand that NOT all
English verbs...
Group 1 Non-Continuous Verbs
The second group, called "Non-Continuous Verbs,"
is smaller. These verbs are usually things y...
Group 2 Normal Verbs
Most verbs are "Normal Verbs." These verbs are
usually physical actions which you can see somebody
do...
Group 3 Mixed Verbs
The third group, called "Mixed Verbs," is the smallest
group. These verbs have more than one meaning. ...
Tenses

Simple Tenses

Continuous
Tenses

Habits, facts, state verbs,
frequency adverbs, timetables

Right Now, en train d...
Tenses
Tenses
Tenses
Tenses
Tenses
Tenses
Tenses
Linguistic Gearbox
- we use the tenses natural habits to make automatic decisions
Like we: Don’t look for the light
switch...
SURVIVAL ENGLISH
THIS GEARBOX IS SIMPLE PERFECT FOR EVERYDAY
SURVIVAL IN ENGLISH
GEAR 1
We use The past simple more than t...
SWITCH WHEN YOU NEED TO DECIDE

TIME, PERCEPTIO
N OF TIME, A
GOOD REASON

HABIT FACT
STATE VERB
FREQUENCY
ADVERB

TIME,
PE...
INTERMEDIATE LINGUISTIC GEARBOX
INTERMEDIATE LINGUISTIC GEARBOX
GEAR SWITCH FOR DECISIONS
Another way to consider the tenses by
• Affirmations
• Negations
• Questions
Affirmations

AFFIRMATIONS SIMPLE TENSES
I WORKED
I DROVE

PAST (passé
passé)

I WORK
HE WORKS

PRESENT

I WILL WORK

FUTU...
Negations

NEGATIONS SIMPLE TENSES
I DIDN'T WORK (je n'ai pas travaillé)
I DON'T WORK (je ne travaille pas)
HE DOESN'T WOR...
Questions

QUESTIONS SIMPLE TENSES
DID YOU WORK (question sans attente
réponse)

PAST

QUESTIONS CONTINOUS TENSES
WAS I WO...
Verb Tense Exercise 1
Simple Present / Present Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the...
Verb Tense Exercise 1
Simple Present / Present Continuous
6. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) _____ because everybody...
Verb Tense Exercise 2
Simple Present / Present Continuous

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with th...
Verb Tense Exercise 2
Simple Present / Present Continuous
I (travel, currently) _____ with Liam, a student from Leeds Univ...
Verb Tense Exercise 3
Simple Past / Past Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appro...
Verb Tense Exercise 3
Simple Past / Past Continuous
5. Sandy is in the living room watching television. At this time yeste...
Verb Tense Exercise 3
Simple Past / Past Continuous
11. The Titanic (cross) _____ the Atlantic when it (strike) _____ an i...
Verb Tense Exercise 4
Simple Past / Past Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appro...
Verb Tense Exercise 5
Simple Past / Present Perfect
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appro...
Verb Tense Exercise 5
Simple Past / Present Perfect

7. I (tell) _____ him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he...
Verb Tense Exercise 5
Simple Past / Present Perfect
12. Jonny, I can't believe how much you (change) _____ since the last ...
Verb Tense Exercise 6
Simple Past / Present Perfect
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appro...
Verb Tense Exercise 7
Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below...
Verb Tense Exercise 8
Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text belo...
Verb Tense Exercise 8
Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous
5. John (work) _____ for the government since he gradua...
Verb Tense Exercise 9
Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text be...
Verb Tense Exercise 9
Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous
5. Tim: What is that sound?
Nancy: A car alarm (ring...
Verb Tense Exercise 10
Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text b...
Verb Tense Exercise 10
Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous
Mr. Harris: I (play) _____ since high school. I lov...
Verb Tense Exercise 11
Simple Past / Past Perfect
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropr...
Verb Tense Exercise 12
Simple Past / Present Perfect / Past Perfect

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text bel...
Verb Tense Exercise 12
Simple Past / Present Perfect / Past Perfect
5. Last week, I (run) _____ into an ex-girlfriend of m...
Verb Tense Exercise 13
Past Perfect / Past Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with...
Verb Tense Exercise 14
Present Perfect / Past Perfect
Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous
Using the words...
Verb Tense Exercise 14
Present Perfect / Past Perfect
Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous
4. I (see) ____...
Verb Tense Exercise 15
Present Continuous / Simple Past
Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous
Using the wor...
Verb Tense Exercise 15
Present Continuous / Simple Past
Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous
I found an ex...
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  1. 1. Types of Verbs Before you begin the verb tense lessons, it is extremely important to understand that NOT all English verbs are the same. English verbs are divided into three groups: Normal Verbs Non-Continuous Verbs Mixed Verbs
  2. 2. Group 1 Non-Continuous Verbs The second group, called "Non-Continuous Verbs," is smaller. These verbs are usually things you cannot see somebody doing. These verbs are rarely used in continuous tenses. They include: Abstract Verbs to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist... Possession Verbs to possess, to own, to belong... Emotion Verbs to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind... Examples: He is needing help now. Not Correct He needs help now. Correct He is wanting a drink now. Not Correct He wants a drink now. Correct
  3. 3. Group 2 Normal Verbs Most verbs are "Normal Verbs." These verbs are usually physical actions which you can see somebody doing. These verbs can be used in all tenses. Normal Verbs to run, to walk, to eat, to fly, to go, to say, to touch, etc. Examples: I eat dinner every day. I am eating dinner now.
  4. 4. Group 3 Mixed Verbs The third group, called "Mixed Verbs," is the smallest group. These verbs have more than one meaning. In a way, each meaning is a unique verb. Some meanings behave like "Non-Continuous Verbs," while other meanings behave like "Normal Verbs." Mixed Verbs Houston we have a problem! (Possession) I am having breakfast (eating breakfast now) I think you’re wrong (Opinion) I am thinking of my mother (thinking of her now)
  5. 5. Tenses Simple Tenses Continuous Tenses Habits, facts, state verbs, frequency adverbs, timetables Right Now, en train de, currently but now 1.) time 2.) time perception 3.) a good reason
  6. 6. Tenses
  7. 7. Tenses
  8. 8. Tenses
  9. 9. Tenses
  10. 10. Tenses
  11. 11. Tenses
  12. 12. Tenses
  13. 13. Linguistic Gearbox - we use the tenses natural habits to make automatic decisions Like we: Don’t look for the light switch until we need it IF YOU REDUCE THE NUMBER OF DECISIONS We have a default position i.e there is light in the room Until we need to make a decision: Oh there’s not enough light – Let’s switch on the light ! YOU HAVE TO MAKE …. YOU SPEND MORE TIME SPEAKING LESS TIME THINKING…..
  14. 14. SURVIVAL ENGLISH THIS GEARBOX IS SIMPLE PERFECT FOR EVERYDAY SURVIVAL IN ENGLISH GEAR 1 We use The past simple more than the past continuous … SO ALWAYS USE THE PAST SIMPLE FIRST! GEAR 2 We use the present continuous much more than the simple present SO ALWAYS USE THE PRESENT CONTINOUS FIRST! GEAR 3 We use the Future simple more than the future continuous… SO ALWAYS USE THE FUTURE SIMPLE FIRST!
  15. 15. SWITCH WHEN YOU NEED TO DECIDE TIME, PERCEPTIO N OF TIME, A GOOD REASON HABIT FACT STATE VERB FREQUENCY ADVERB TIME, PERCEPTION OF TIME, A GOOD REASON
  16. 16. INTERMEDIATE LINGUISTIC GEARBOX
  17. 17. INTERMEDIATE LINGUISTIC GEARBOX
  18. 18. GEAR SWITCH FOR DECISIONS
  19. 19. Another way to consider the tenses by • Affirmations • Negations • Questions
  20. 20. Affirmations AFFIRMATIONS SIMPLE TENSES I WORKED I DROVE PAST (passé passé) I WORK HE WORKS PRESENT I WILL WORK FUTUR I HAVE WORKED (j'ai travaillé) HE HAS WORKED I HAD WORKED (j'avais travaillé) PRONOM + (AUX)+ VERBE PRESENT PERFECT AFFIRMATIONS CONTINOUS TENSES I WAS WORKING (j'étais entrain de…) WE WERE WORKING I'M (AM )WORKING (je suis entrain de…) YOU 'RE (ARE) WORKING HE'S (IS) WORKING I / HE WILL BE WORKING (je serai entrain de …) PAST CONT PAST (passé passé) PRESENT CONT FUTUR CONT PRESENT PERFECT I HAVE BEEN WORKING (I have been trying to contact you) J'ai essayé de vous joindre HE HAS BEEN PAST PERFECT HE HAD BEEN WORKING PRONOM + AUX + VERBE + ING CONT PAST PERFECT CONT
  21. 21. Negations NEGATIONS SIMPLE TENSES I DIDN'T WORK (je n'ai pas travaillé) I DON'T WORK (je ne travaille pas) HE DOESN'T WORK HE WON'T (WILL NOT) WORK (je ne travaillerai pas) PAST (passé passé) PRESENT FUTUR NEGATIONS CONTINOUS TENSES I WASN'T WORKING WE WEREN'T WORKING I'M NOT WORKING YOU AREN'T WORKING / HE ISN'T WORKING PAST CONT PRESENT CONT I WON'T BE WORKING FUTUR CONT HE HASN'T WORKED (je n'ai pas travaillé) PRESENT PERFECT I HAVEN'T BEEN WORKING HE HASN'T BEEN PRESENT PERFECT CONT I HADN'T WORKED (je n'avais pas travaillé) PRONOM + AUX + NEG + VERBE I HADN'T BEEN WORKING PRONOM + AUX + NEG + (AUX) + VERB + ING PAST PERFECT PAST PERFECT CONT
  22. 22. Questions QUESTIONS SIMPLE TENSES DID YOU WORK (question sans attente réponse) PAST QUESTIONS CONTINOUS TENSES WAS I WORKING / WERE YOU WORKING PAST CONT DO YOU WORK DOES SHE WORK PRESENT AM I WORKING PRESENT CONT ARE YOU WORKING / IS HE WORKING WILL SHE WORK FUTUR WILL I BE WORKING (Travaillerai-je ?...) FUTUR CONT HAVE I BEEN WORKING HAS SHE BEEN WORKING PRESENT PERFECT CONT HAVE YOU WORKED (question qui attend PRESENT une réponse) PERFECT HAS SHE WORKED HAD SHE WORKED AUX + PRONOM + VERBE PAST PERFECT HAD SHE BEEN WORKING AUX + PRONOM + (AUX) + VERB + ING PAST PERFECT CONT
  23. 23. Verb Tense Exercise 1 Simple Present / Present Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. Every Monday, Sally (drive) _____ her kids to football practice. 2. Usually, I (work) _____ as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study) _____ French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris. 3. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep) _____ . 4. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) _____. 5. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) _____ .
  24. 24. Verb Tense Exercise 1 Simple Present / Present Continuous 6. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) _____ because everybody (talk) _____ so loudly. 7. Justin (write, currently) _____ a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished. 8. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight? Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go) _____ to a movie tonight with some friends. 9. The business cards (be, normally ) _____ printed by a company in New York. Their prices (be) _____ inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good. 10. This delicious chocolate (be) _____ made by a small chocolatier in Zurich, Switzerland.
  25. 25. Verb Tense Exercise 2 Simple Present / Present Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. November 12, 1997 Today (be) _____ the second day of my trek around Mount Annapurna. I am exhausted and my legs (shake) ; I just hope I am able to complete the trek. My feet (kill, really) me and my toes (bleed) _____ , but I (want, still) _____ to continue. Nepal is a fascinating country, but I have a great deal to learn. Everything (be) _____ so different, and I (try) _____ to adapt to the new way of life here. I (learn) _____ a little bit of the language to make communication easier; unfortunately, I (learn, not) foreign languages quickly. Although I (understand, not) _____ much yet, I believe that I (improve, gradually) _____ .
  26. 26. Verb Tense Exercise 2 Simple Present / Present Continuous I (travel, currently) _____ with Liam, a student from Leeds University in England. He (be) a nice guy, but impatient. He (walk, always) _____ ahead of me and (complain) _____ that I am too slow. I (do) _____ my best to keep up with him, but he is younger and stronger than I am. Maybe, I am just feeling sorry for myself because I am getting old. Right now, Liam (sit) _____ with the owner of the inn. They (discuss) _____ the differences between life in England and life in Nepal. I (know, not) _____ the real name of the owner, but everybody (call, just) _____ him Tam. Tam (speak) _____ English very well and he (try) _____ to teach Liam some words in Nepali. Every time Tam (say) _____ a new word, Liam (try) _____ to repeat it. Unfortunately, Liam (seem, also) _____ to have difficulty learning foreign languages. I just hope we don't get lost and have to ask for directions.
  27. 27. Verb Tense Exercise 3 Simple Past / Past Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. A: What (you, do) _____ when the accident occurred? B: I (try) _____ to change a light bulb that had burnt out. 2. After I (find) _____ the wallet full of money, I (go, immediately) _____ to the police and (turn) _____ it in. 3. The doctor (say) _____ that Tom (be) _____ too sick to go to work and that he (need) _____ to stay at home for a couple of days. 4. Sebastian (arrive) _____ at Susan's house a little before 9:00 PM, but she (be, not) there. She (study, at the library) _____ for her final examination in French.
  28. 28. Verb Tense Exercise 3 Simple Past / Past Continuous 5. Sandy is in the living room watching television. At this time yesterday, she (watch, also) _____ television. That's all she ever does! 6. A: I (call) _____ you last night after dinner, but you (be, not) _____ there. Where were you? B: I (work) _____ out at the fitness center. 7. When I (walk) _____ into the busy office, the secretary (talk) _____ on the phone with a customer, several clerks (work, busily) _____ at their desks, and two managers (discuss, quietly) methods to improve customer service. 8. I (watch) _____ a mystery movie on TV when the electricity went out. Now I am never going to find out how the movie ends. 9. Sharon (be) _____ in the room when John told me what happened, but she didn't hear anything because she (listen, not) _____ . 10. It's strange that you (call) _____ because I (think, just) _____ about you.
  29. 29. Verb Tense Exercise 3 Simple Past / Past Continuous 11. The Titanic (cross) _____ the Atlantic when it (strike) _____ an iceberg. 12. When I entered the bazaar, a couple of merchants (bargain, busily) _____ and (try) _____ to sell their goods to naive tourists who (hunt) _____ for souvenirs. Some young boys (lead) _____ their donkeys through the narrow streets on their way home. A couple of men (argue) _____ over the price of a leather belt. I (walk) over to a man who (sell) _____ fruit and (buy) _____ a banana. 13. The firemen (rescue) _____ the old woman who (be) _____ trapped on the third floor of the burning building. 14. She was so annoying! She (leave, always) _____ her dirty dishes in the sink. I think she (expect, actually) _____ me to do them for her. 15. Samantha (live) _____ in Berlin for more than two years. In fact, she (live) _____ there when the Berlin Wall came down.
  30. 30. Verb Tense Exercise 4 Simple Past / Past Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. Last night, while I was doing my homework, Angela (call) _____. She said she (call) _____ me on her cell phone from her biology classroom at UCLA. I asked her if she (wait) _____ for class, but she said that the professor was at the front of the hall lecturing while she (talk) _____ to me. I couldn't believe she (make) _____ a phone call during the lecture. I asked what was going on. She said her biology professor was so boring that several of the students (sleep, actually) _____ in class. Some of the students (talk) _____ about their plans for the weekend and the student next to her (draw) _____ a picture of a horse. When Angela (tell) _____ me she was not satisfied with the class, I (mention) _____ that my biology professor was quite good and (suggest) _____ that she switch to my class. While we were talking, I (hear) _____ her professor yell, "Miss, are you making a phone call?" Suddenly, the line went dead. I (hang) _____up the phone and went to the kitchen to make dinner. As I (cut) _____ vegetables for a salad, the phone rang once again. It (be) _____ Angela, but this time she wasn't sitting in class.
  31. 31. Verb Tense Exercise 5 Simple Past / Present Perfect Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. A: Did you like the movie "Star Wars?" B: I don't know. I (see, never) _____ that movie. 2. Sam (arrive) _____ in San Diego a week ago. 3. My best friend and I (know) _____ each other for over fifteen years. We still get together once a week. 4. Stinson is a fantastic writer. He (write) _____ ten very creative short stories in the last year. One day, he'll be as famous as Hemingway. 5. I (have, not) _____ this much fun since I (be) _____ a kid. 6. Things (change) _____ a great deal at Coltech, Inc. When we first (start) _____ working here three years ago, the company (have, only) _____ six employees. Since then, we (expand) _____ to include more than 2000 full-time workers.
  32. 32. Verb Tense Exercise 5 Simple Past / Present Perfect 7. I (tell) _____ him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he (wander) _____ off into the forest and (be) _____ bitten by a snake. 8. Listen Donna, I don't care if you (miss) _____ the bus this morning. You (be) _____ late to work too many times. You are fired! 9. Sam is from Colorado, which is hundreds of miles from the coast, so he (see, never) _____ the ocean. He should come with us to Miami. 10. How sad! George (dream) _____ of going to California before he died, but he didn't make it. He (see, never) _____ the ocean. 11. In the last hundred years, traveling (become) _____ much easier and very comfortable. In the 19th century, it (take) _____ two or three months to cross North America by covered wagon. The trip (be) _____ very rough and often dangerous. Things (change) _____ a great deal in the last hundred and fifty years. Now you can fly from New York to Los Angeles in a matter of hours.
  33. 33. Verb Tense Exercise 5 Simple Past / Present Perfect 12. Jonny, I can't believe how much you (change) _____ since the last time I (see) _____ you. You (grow) _____ at least a foot! 13. This tree (be) _____ planted by the settlers who (found) our city over four hundred years ago. 14. This mountain (be, never) _____climbed by anyone. Several mountaineers (try) to reach the top, but nobody (succeed, ever) _____ . The climb is extremely difficult and many people (die) trying to reach the summit. 15. I (visit, never) Africa, but I (travel) _____ to South America several times. The last time I (go) to South America, I (visit) Brazil and Peru. I (spend) _____ two weeks in the Amazon, (hike) _____ for a week near Machu Picchu, and (fly) _____ over the Nazca Lines.
  34. 34. Verb Tense Exercise 6 Simple Past / Present Perfect Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. Since computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1980's, technology (change) _____ a great deal. The first computers (be) _____ simple machines designed for basic tasks. They (have, not) _____ much memory and they (be, not) _____ very powerful. Early computers were often quite expensive and customers often (pay) _____ thousands of dollars for machines which actually (do) _____ very little. Most computers (be) _____ separate, individual machines used mostly as expensive typewriters or for playing games. Times (change) _____. Computers (become) _____ powerful machines with very practical applications. Programmers (create) _____ a large selection of useful programs which do everything from teaching foreign languages to bookkeeping. We are still playing video games, but today's games (become) _____ faster, more exciting interactive adventures. Many computer users (get, also) _____ on the Internet and (begin) _____ communicating with other computer users around the world. We (start) _____ to create international communities online. In short, the simple, individual machines of the past (evolve) _____ into an international World Wide Web of knowledge.
  35. 35. Verb Tense Exercise 7 Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. Robin: I think the waiter (forget) _____ us. We (wait) _____ here for over half an hour and nobody (take) our order yet. Michele: I think you're right. He (walk) _____ by us at least twenty times. He probably thinks we (order, already) _____. Robin: Look at that couple over there, they (be, only) _____ here for five or ten minutes and they already have their food. Michele: He must realize we (order, not) yet! We (sit) _____ here for over half an hour staring at him. Robin: I don't know if he (notice, even) _____ us. He (run) _____ from table to table taking orders and serving food. Michele: That's true, and he (look, not) _____ in our direction once.
  36. 36. Verb Tense Exercise 8 Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. Judy: How long (be) _____ in Canada? Claude: I (study) _____ here for more than three years. 2. I (have) _____ the same car for more than ten years. I'm thinking about buying a new one. 3. I (love) _____ chocolate since I was a child. You might even call me a "chocoholic." 4. Matt and Sarah (have) _____ some difficulties in their relationship lately, so they (go) _____ to a marriage counselor. I hope they work everything out.
  37. 37. Verb Tense Exercise 8 Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous 5. John (work) _____ for the government since he graduated from Harvard University. Until recently, he (enjoy) _____ his work, but now he is talking about retiring. 6. Lately, I (think) _____ about changing my career because I (become) _____ dissatisfied with the conditions at my company. 7. I (see) _____ Judy for more than five years and during that time I (see) _____ many changes in her personality.
  38. 38. Verb Tense Exercise 9 Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. It (rain) _____ all week. I hope it stops by Saturday because I want to go to the beach. 2. Sid: Where is Gary? Sarah: He (study, at the library) _____ for his German test on Wednesday. In fact, he (review) _____ for the test every day for the last week. 3. You look really great! (You, exercise) _____ at the fitness center ? 4. Frank, where have you been? We (wait) _____ for you since 1 PM.
  39. 39. Verb Tense Exercise 9 Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous 5. Tim: What is that sound? Nancy: A car alarm (ring) _____ somewhere down the street. It (drive) _____ me crazy - I wish it would stop! It (ring) _____ for more than twenty minutes. 6. Joseph's English (improve, really) _____, isn't it? He (watch) _____ American television programs and (study) _____ his grammar every day since he first arrived in San Diego. Soon he will be totally fluent. 7. Dan: You look a little tired. (You, get) _____ enough sleep lately? Michelle: Yes, I (sleep) _____ relatively well. I just look tired because I (feel) _____ a little sick for the last week. Dan: I hope you feel better soon. Michelle: Thanks. I (take, currently) _____ some medicine, so I should feel better in a couple of days.
  40. 40. Verb Tense Exercise 10 Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. Mr. Smith: So tell me a little bit about yourself, Mr. Harris. I would like to find out a little bit more about your background. Mr. Harris: I (work) _____ in the insurance industry for over ten years. I worked for Met Life for six years and World Insurance for four and a half. During that time, I heard many good things about Hollings Life Insurance and that's why I (apply) _____ for the new sales position. Mr. Smith: Tell me a little about your hobbies and interests. Mr. Harris: In my spare time, I hike in the mountains outside of town, volunteer at the Sierra Club and play tennis. In fact, I (compete) _____ in a tennis tournament this weekend. Mr. Smith: Really, how long (you, play) _____ tennis ?
  41. 41. Verb Tense Exercise 10 Present Continuous / Present Perfect Continuous Mr. Harris: I (play) _____ since high school. I love the sport. Mr. Smith: Great! We like dedication here at Hollings Life. You mentioned you volunteer at the Sierra Club. I (work, currently) _____ with them on the sea turtle project. We (try) _____ to create a wildlife sanctuary near the bay. Mr. Harris: Do you know Frank Harris? He's my brother. He (work, presently) _____ on the same project. Mr. Smith: I know Frank quite well. Any brother of Frank's would be a welcome addition to Hollings Life. Just one more thing, we (look) _____ for somebody who is fluent in Spanish; many of our clients are from Mexico. Mr. Harris: No problem. I (study) _____ Spanish since elementary school. Mr. Smith: Sounds like you are the perfect candidate.
  42. 42. Verb Tense Exercise 11 Simple Past / Past Perfect Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. I can't believe I (get) _____ that apartment. I (submit) _____ my application last week, but I didn't think I had a chance of actually getting it. When I (show) _____ up to take a look around, there were at least twenty other people who (arrive) _____ before me. Most of them (fill, already) _____ out their applications and were already leaving. The landlord said I could still apply, so I did. I (try) _____ to fill out the form, but I couldn't answer half of the questions. They (want) _____ me to include references, but I didn't want to list my previous landlord because I (have) _____ some problems with him in the past and I knew he wouldn't recommend me. I (end) _____ up listing my father as a reference. It was total luck that he (decide) _____ to give me the apartment. It turns out that the landlord and my father (go) _____ to high school together. He decided that I could have the apartment before he (look) _____ at my credit report. I really lucked out!
  43. 43. Verb Tense Exercise 12 Simple Past / Present Perfect / Past Perfect Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. When I (arrive) _____ home last night, I discovered that Jane (prepare) _____ a beautiful candlelight dinner. 2. Since I began acting, I (perform) _____ in two plays, a television commercial and a TV drama. However, I (speak, never even) _____ publicly before I came to Hollywood in 1985. 3. By the time I got to the office, the meeting (begin, already) _____ without me. My boss (be) _____ furious with me and I (be) _____ fired. 4. When I (turn) _____ the radio on yesterday, I (hear) _____ a song that was popular when I was in high school. I (hear, not) _____ the song in years, and it (bring) back some great memories.
  44. 44. Verb Tense Exercise 12 Simple Past / Present Perfect / Past Perfect 5. Last week, I (run) _____ into an ex-girlfriend of mine. We (see, not) _____ each other in years, and both of us (change) a great deal. I (enjoy) _____ talking to her so much that I (ask) _____ her out on a date. We are getting together tonight for dinner. 6. When Jack (enter) _____ the room, I (recognize, not) _____ him because he (lose) _____ so much weight and (grow) _____ a beard. He looked totally different! 7. The Maya established a very advanced civilization in the jungles of the Yucatan; however, their culture (disappear, virtually) _____ by the time Europeans first (arrive) _____ in the New World. 8. I (visit) so many beautiful places since I (come) _____ to Utah. Before moving here, I (hear, never) _____ of Bryce Canyon, Zion, Arches, or Canyonlands.
  45. 45. Verb Tense Exercise 13 Past Perfect / Past Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. I'm sorry I left without you last night, but I told you to meet me early because the show started at 8:00. I (try) _____ to get tickets for that play for months, and I didn't want to miss it. By the time I finally left the coffee shop where we were supposed to meet, I (have) _____ five cups of coffee and I (wait) _____ over an hour. I had to leave because I (arrange) _____ to meet Kathy in front of the theater. When I arrived at the theater, Kathy (pick, already) _____ up the tickets and she was waiting for us near the entrance. She was really angry because she (wait) _____ for more than half an hour. She said she (give, almost) _____ up and (go) _____ into the theater without us. Kathy told me you (be) late several times in the past and that she would not make plans with you again in the future. She mentioned that she (miss) _____ several movies because of your late arrivals. I think you owe her an apology. And in the future, I suggest you be on time!
  46. 46. Verb Tense Exercise 14 Present Perfect / Past Perfect Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. 1. It is already 9:30 PM and I (wait) _____ here for over an hour. If John does not get here in the next five minutes, I am going to leave. 2. I was really angry at John yesterday. By the time he finally arrived, I (wait) _____ for over an hour. I almost left without him. 3. Did you hear that Ben was fired last month? He (work) _____ for that import company for more than ten years and he (work) _____ in almost every department. Nobody knew the company like he did.
  47. 47. Verb Tense Exercise 14 Present Perfect / Past Perfect Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous 4. I (see) _____ many pictures of the pyramids before I went to Egypt. Pictures of the monuments are very misleading. The pyramids are actually quite small. 5. Sarah (climb) _____ the Matterhorn, (sail) _____ around the world, and (go) _____ on safari in Kenya. She is such an adventurous person. 6. Sarah (climb) _____ the Matterhorn, (sail) _____ around the world and (go) on safari in Kenya by the time she turned twenty-five. She (experience) _____ more by that age than most people do in their entire lives. 7. When Melanie came into the office yesterday, her eyes were red and watery. I think she (cry) _____ .
  48. 48. Verb Tense Exercise 15 Present Continuous / Simple Past Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate tenses. My English is really getting better. I (try) _____ to learn the language since 1985, but only recently have I been able to make some real progress. By the time I started high school in 1988, I (study) _____ the language for almost three years; however, I was only able to introduce myself and utter a few memorized sentences. For a couple more years, I (struggle) _____ through grammar and vocabulary lessons, which made absolutely no difference. Nothing worked, so I decided to study abroad.
  49. 49. Verb Tense Exercise 15 Present Continuous / Simple Past Present Perfect Continuous / Past Perfect Continuous I found an exchange program in England that sounded like the perfect answer. I (stay) _____ with a host family for one month. It was a huge disappointment! I (sit) _____ there the whole time staring at the host mother and father hoping that there would be some breakthrough. Nothing. When I returned, I mentioned to a friend that I (have) _____ problems with the language for years. He recommended that I spend a year in an English speaking country. I decided to go abroad again. I (research) _____ exchange programs for a couple of weeks and finally decided on a school in the United States. Well, it worked. I (live) _____ and (study) _____ in the U.S. for more than two years. I (stay) here for at least another year before I return home. By then, I should be completely fluent.

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