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Test on Verb Tenses – Set 1
Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1. The teacher……………….attendance when I arrived.
   a) was taken                            c) has taken
   b) was taking                           d) were taking

2. Jane is a fashion designer, but currently she ………………. shoes.
   a) sold                                         c) was selling
   b) is selling                                   d) will sell

3. She prefers a place of her own; for the time being, however, she ……………….with
   her aunt.
   a) stayed                                         c) was staying
   b) has stayed                                     d) is staying

4. No wonder Mary is cross with you. You ………………. to her for quite a long time.
   a) hadn't written                         c) haven't written
   b) didn't write                           d) aren't writing

5. I hope you ……………….the election to be held soon.
   a) are winning                             c) have won
   b) will win                                d) won

6. The moment he……………….this message, he must call me.
   a) received                            c) receives
   b) will receive                        d) is receiving

7. Alice ……………….in musical shows hundreds of times up till now.
   a) has danced                            c) had danced
   b) has been dancing                      d) danced

8. He ……………….me twice since he went to England.
   a) has called                            c) has been called
   b) have been calling                     d) called

9. When I went to London, I stayed at the same hotel where I ……………….five
   years earlier.
   a) had stayed                                   c) have stayed
   b) have been staying                            d) stayed

10. He ……………. to me several times this year.
    a) wrote                                       c) had written
    b) has been writing                            d) has written

11. I ……………….Brazilian food up till now.
    a) never ate                                   c) had never eaten
    b) have never eaten                            d) never eat


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12. When you ……………….your work, you can go out.
    a) finished                            c) will finish
    b) finish                              d) had finished

13. Tell him I ……………….anything with him until I speak with my wife.
    a) don’t discuss                          c) won’t discuss
    b) haven’t discussed                      d) didn’t discuss

14. I’ll start cooking after I……………….a rest.
    a) had                                      c) have
    b) will have                                d) am having

15. The system……………….surprisingly well up till now.
    a) works                                  c) has worked
    b) worked                                 d) is working

16. He……………….television before he went to bed.
    a) has been watching                      c) watched
    b) was watching                           d) has watched

17. They……………….for ten days when they ran into a terrible storm.
    a) sailed                               c) have sailed
    b) had been sailing                     d) were sailing

18. Eray……………….hard for the last three days.
    a) worked                                c) is working
    b) has been working                      d) was working

19. He……………….three children so far.
    a) has                                      c) has had
    b) had had                                  d) had

20. Once you……………….the examination, you’ll be able to relax.
    a) take                                 c) took
    b) have been taken                      d) will have taken

21. He’s a very good player. He ……………….consistently well recently.
    a) is playing                             c) was playing
    b) has been playing                       d) had played

22. By May, I……………….this car for five years.
    a) will have                                c) will be having
    b) will have had                            d) have had

23. When you arrived home, we……………….lunch. If you had come a bit earlier, we
    could have had lunch together.
    a) just had                            c) had just had
    b) have just had                       d) had just


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24. Mary……………….the dishes at the moment.
    a) washes                                     c) is washing
    b) was washing                                d) has washed

25. Mr. Brown……………….a capable, dedicated doctor, and his patients have missed
    him ever since his death.
    a) is                                  c) was
    b) has been                            d) was being

26. If you ……………….me earlier, I could have helped you.
    a) told                                    c) have told
    b) would have told                         d) had told

27. If ……………….enough money, he would have bought that house.
    a) he has had                          c) he didn’t have
    b) had he had                          d) he had had

28. “How long have you been with the company?”
    “I……………….there two years by January.
    a) will work                                  c) will be working
    b) will have worked                           d) have worked

29. Since calculators were first introduced, they……………….to be useful tools for
    people weak in mathematics.
    a) proved                                      c) will prove
    b) have proved                                 d) are proving

30. As soon as he………………., tell him that I want to see him.
    a) arrived                                 c) arrives
    b) is arriving                             d) will arrive

31. The commissioner has assured the crowd that the problem ………………. care of as
    soon as possible.
    a) will take                                   c) had been taken
    b) has been taken                              d) will be taken

32. When he saw the crowd, he regretted that he ………………. his ticket earlier.
    a) can’t have bought                          c) hadn’t bought
    b) hasn’t bought                              d) wasn’t buying

33. They ………………. for seven hours when they arrived at the border.
    a) are driving                           c) had been driving
    b) have been driving                     d) drove

34. She complains that she……………….headaches.
    a) has frequently                       c) frequently has
    b) has had frequently                   d) have frequent



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35. Whenever the safety commission ………………its regulations, there are complaints.
    a) is enforcing                         c) will enforce
    b) enforce                              d) enforces

36. Unfortunately, the train………………by the time I reached the platform.
    a) left                                  c) had left
    b) leaves                                d) has left

37. Don’t forget that………………to our new office by the time you get back from holiday.
    a) I move                                 c) I’ll move
    b) I’ll have moved                        d) I’ll be moving

38. I’m afraid I didn’t hear the doorbell when you rang. I………………in the garden at the
    time.
    a) worked                                        c) have worked
    b) have been working                             d) was working

39. It was 4 o’clock when the ambulance finally arrived, by then the severely injured
    man………………
    a) had died                                      c) has died
    b) died                                          d) dies




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Test on Verb Tenses – Set 2
Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1. The girls seem to be fully satisfied with their English course. So far, they ………… even
   a single class.
   a) don’t miss                                       c) didn’t miss
   b) haven’t missed                                   d) won’t miss

2. For the past few nights, he ………… on the floor.
   a) sleeps                                      c) slept
   b) is sleeping                                 d) has slept

3. Jimmy is still doing his homework. He will come out to play when he ………… his
   homework.
   a) did                                           c) will have done
   b) will do                                       d) does

4. This is the best steak I ……………… .
   a) had ever tasted                              c) ever taste
   b) have ever tasted                             d) ever tasted

5. Ayhan………………in London for five years-from 1985 to 1990.
   a) lived                               c) was living
   b) has lived                           d) would live

6. Last semester we………………beginning grammar.
   a) study                             c) were studied
   b) studied                           d) have studied

7. There ………………a lot of cowboys in America a hundred years ago.
   a) was                                  c) were
   b) did                                  d) have been

8. When I finish this course, I ……………… to the next level.
   a) have gone                                c) went
   b) will go                                  d) will have been going

9. The teacher was writing on the blackboard when he………………the chalk.
   a) was dropping                                c) is dropping
   b) was dropped                                 d) dropped

10. The telephone rang just as I………………the door.
    a) has been unlocking                    c) was unlocking
    b) will be unlocking                     d) have unlocked

11. I………………German when I was at high school.
    a) have studied                        c) studied
    b) was studied                         d) have been studying


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12. How long ago………………her?
    a) were you met                              c) you met
    b) have you met                              d) did you meet

13. She………………working at the bank for three years now.
    a) is                                   c) was
    b) has been                             d) had been

14. “I have a highly reliable watch.”
    “How long………………it?”
    a) did you have                              c) have you had
    b) you have had                              d) have you got

15. We………………for a long time. I don’t know how she looks now.
    a) didn’t meet                          c) don’t meet
    b) haven’t met                          d) hadn’t met

16. She ………………her lessons while I was watching television.
    a) has studied                           c) was studying
    b) is studying                           d) studies

17. You must wait here until your parents………………back.
    a) came                                   c) will come
    b) come                                   d) are coming

18. As soon as we………………home tomorrow, we’ll call you.
    a) got                                c) will get
    b) get                                d) are going to

19. The exam………………at 9:00 tomorrow.
    a) starts                                    c) starting
    b) which will start                          d) to start

20. I………………her while I was going to school.
    a) meet                                      c) met
    b) was meeting                               d) have met

21. I didn’t quite appreciate the opera we saw last week as I ………………to the opera
    before.
    a) hadn’t been                                    c) didn’t go
    b) haven’t been                                   d) wasn’t going

22. The teacher usually………………to class on time.
    a) comes                                  c) coming
    b) is coming                              d) come

23. We………………a test now.
    a) take                                      c) are taking
    b) took                                      d) are being taken
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24. Columbus………………America in 1492.
    a) discovers                                   c) was discovering
    b) discovered                                  d) was discovered

25. The little boy burst into tears when he saw that his brother ………………his jigsaw
    puzzle apart.
    a) was broken                                      c) had been broken
    b) has broken                                      d) had broken

26. The Soviet Union………………with spacecraft for several years when the United States
    began its space program.
    a) was experimenting                    c) has been experimenting
    b) experimented                         d) had been experimenting

27. Martin Luther King………………for civil rights for more than a decade when he
    received the Noble Peace Prize in 1964.
    a) worked                                c) has been working
    b) had been working                      d) was working

28. She………………in Ankara for several years before she moved to Istanbul.
    a) was living                            c) had lived
    b) has lived                             d) has been living

29. A: “How are you feeling?”
    B: I’ve been feeling better since………………”
    a) the doctor has came                         c) the doctor had come
    b) the doctor will come                        d) the doctor came

30. “How long have you been with the company?”
    “I………………there two years by January.”
    a) will work                                   c) will have worked
    b) will be working                             d) have been working

31. “Have you received the books you ordered last month?”
    “No, but it’s possible that they………………in a few days.”
    a) will arrive                                 c) are arriving
    b) arrive                                      d) have arrived




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32. Some students………………graduate next June.
    a) are                                 c) are going to be
    b) are going to                        d) are going

33. What a lovely night! The moon………………brightly.
    a) shines                              c) shined
    b) is shining                          d) was shining

34. Before anyone could photograph the strange-looking bird, ………………
    a) it was flying away                              c) it flew away
    b) it has flown away                               d) it had been flying away
                                                       a) shall go
35. Bob : I won’t be more than five or ten minutes now.
    Alfred: All right. I'll wait over there until you ………………ready.
    a) will be                                         c) are
    b) were                                            d) are going to be

36. Ali ………………English, but he doesn't any more.
    a) used to studying                      c) was used to study
    b) used to study                         d) was used to studying

37. The class begins when the teacher ……………….
    a) arrived                                c) arrives
    b) will arrive                            d) is arriving

38. I'll get a better job when I ………………more English.
    a) know                                   c) knew
    b) will know                              d) knowing

39. When the class ………………over, the students will leave.
    a) was                                   c) will be
    b) is                                    d) will




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40. He……………… you to his party last week, but he did not have your address.
    a) would invite                           c) might invite
    b) would have invited                     d) was inviting

41. This time tomorrow, with any luck, we……… through France, enjoying the first day of
    our holiday.
    a) drive                                    c) will drive
    b) will have driven                         d) will be driving

42. I……………… to the same barber since 1980,
    a) am going                                   c) go
    b) have been going                            d) was going

43. He has been in London since June, but he……………… even a single letter to me yet.
    a) didn't write                            c) doesn't write
    b) hasn't written                          d) isn't writing




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Test on Verb Tenses – Set 3
Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1. Since we……………… Ireland, we ………………all over the place
   a) left/have lived
   b) have lived/left
   c) have lived/have lived
   d) left/left
   e) left/are living

2. When ………… you …………him last?
   a) do/see           c) have/seen                            e) are/seeing
   b) did/see          d) have/been seeing

3. He……………… the book by the end of next month.
   a) will write           c) is writing                       e) will be written
   b) will be writing      d) will have written


4. They……………… the cake at five o'clock tomorrow.
   a) eat                   c) will be eating                  e) will be eaten
   b) are eating            d) will have eaten

5. Seven hundred years ago Liverpool……………… only a small place.
   a) was                        c) is                     e) can be
   b) has been                   d) will be

6. Jack shouted that there ………………a car ……………… .
   a) is/coming                c) will be/come                 e) was/to come
   b) was /coming              d) would be/come

7. I heard that one of the escaping prisoners……………… across Germany by himself.
   a) goes                         c) will go                  e) has gone
   b) go                           d) had gone

8. Scientists………………much time and thought to the study of insects recently.
   a) are giving                   c) have given               e) gave
   b) will give                    d) have been given




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9. During his childhood Samuel Johnson………………what poverty……………… .
   a) knew / meant
   b) knows / means
   c) know / has meant
   d) knows / meant
   e) was knowing / is meaning

10. Please………………on working until you………………it.
   a) is keeping /finish
   b) keep / finish
   c) keep / will finish
   d) keep / had finished
   e) will keep/finish

11. I………………a boat last year but I………………it yet.
   a) bought / haven’t used                          c) have bought / haven’t used
   b) bought / didn’t use                            d) have bought / didn’t use

12. These days, I probably………………more time sleeping.
   a) had spent                                      c) have spent
   b) spent                                          d) will spend

13. My car didn’t start this morning because I………………the lights on all night.
   a) left                                           c) had left
   b) have left                                      d) will leave

14. I ……………this book for a week, but I …………only ………… 30 pages so far.
   a) read/ read
   b) have been reading / have read
   c) am reading/read
   d) have read / have been reading
   e) have read / have read

15. I suppose that this time tomorrow I………………be in Paris.
   a) have to                         c) would                        e) should
   b) must                            d) will



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16. Before I………………him, I must have a talk with you.
   a) met                         c) have met                       e) can meet
   b) will meet                   d) meet

17. I………………the housework by the time you get back.
   a) will finish                 c) am finishing                   e) will have finished
   b) will be finished            d) finish

18. Everyone………………very hard right now.
   a) are working                 c) has worked                     e) will be working
   b) is working                  d) has been working

19. When I………………there, he ………………sticks to make a fire.
   a) went / was gathering
   b) was going / was gathering
   c) went / gathered
   d) had gone / gathered
   e) go/gathers

20. I remembered that my friend………………my coat from the cloakroom.
   a) got                         c) is getting                     e) could get
   b) gets                        d) had got

21. The headmaster………………. what they ……………. so far.
   a) is wondering/ have done                       d) is wondering/are doing
   b) wondered/have done                            e) had wondered/has done
   c) has wondered/did




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Test on Verb Tenses – Set 4
Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1. We………………Mr. And Mrs. Smith for over six-years.
   a) knew                         c) had known                e) will know
   b) know                         d) have known

2. Miss Cunnigham………………in Boston from 1970 to 1985.
   a) lived                        c) has lived                e) has been living
   b) lives                        d) had lived

3. While the man………………the check, I glanced at the contract again.
   a) was writing                  c) wrote                    e) will be writing
   b) is writing                   d) has been writing

4. Almost everyone………………for home by the time we arrived.
   a) has left                     c) have left                e) will have left
   b) left                         d) had left

5. Harold will give Catherine your message when he………………her.
   a) saw                          c) have seen                e) had seen
   b) will see                     d) sees

6. This time tomorrow I………………across France.
   a) will travel                  c) have traveled            e) will be traveling
   b) would travel                 d) am going to travel

7. It’s five o’clock. At six o’clock I………………for eight hours.
   a) will be working
   b) will have been working
   c) will work
   d) am working
   e) have been working

8. Next birthday, I………………on this planet for forty years.
   a) will be                      c) would be                 e) am going to be
   b) am                           d) will have been

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9. He wasn’t able to get on the plane because he………………his passport at home.
   a) had forgotten             c) forgets                    e) could forget
   b) forgot                    d) will forget

10. I………………just………………from a long trip, so I don’t feel like traveling
    anywhere.
   a) had been / returning      c) return / -                 e) had/returned
   b) will / return             d) have / returned

11. They ………………for seven hours when they were stopped by the policemen for the
    driving license.
   a) were driving              c) had been driving           e) are driving
   b) drove                     d) have driven

12. People………………a lot of money in order to be happy.
   a) aren’t needing            c) didn’t need                e) haven’t been
   b) don’t need                d) haven’t needed                needing


13. Please don’t disturb me! I………………to study.
   a) am trying                 c) tried                      e) had tried
   b) was trying                d) have tried

14. The students who………………the final test right now………………very careful not to
    make any mistakes.
   a) take / are                c) are taking / is            e) took/were
   b) are taking / are          d) will take / will be

15. “What………………this evening?” Maria asked.
   a) do you do                 c) are you doing              e) did you do
   b) you are doing             d) you will do

16. When the time was over, I………………the test.
   a) have already finished
   b) have just finished
   c) finish
   d) had already finished
   e) will finish


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17. I will wait for you until you………………back.
   a) will come                 c) come                    e) are going to come
   b) would come                d) came

18. Sue………………a terrible day yesterday. The trouble………………early in the
    morning.
   a) has / has begun           c) had / begin             e) has / began
   b) had / has begun           d) had / began

19. While he………………downstairs, he fell and broke his leg.
   a) was running               c) runs                    e) will run
   b) is running                d) run

20. How………………your way of life………………in the last few years?
   a) did / change              c) has / changed           e) will/change
   b) does / change             d) had / changed




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Test on Verb Tenses – Set 5
Choose the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.

1. If you park your car in the right place, you………………extra money.
   a) wouldn’t pay                   c) won’t pay              e) haven’t paid
   b) didn’t pay                     d) wouldn’t have paid

2. Listen! They ………………at each other again.
   a) shout                          c) are shouting           e) shouted
   b) have shouted                   d) will shout

3. The police never expected that they………………the lost child.
   a) to find                        c) find                   e) finding
   b) to be found                    d) would find

4. Yesterday Ayşe ……… the same mistake that the students in class ………… before.
   a) made / have made
   b) made / had made
   c) had made / had made
   d) have made /made
   e) have made/were making

5. When I visited him last Friday, she ……………… a book.
   a) wrote                          c) will write             e) would write
   b) have written                   d) was writing

6. According to my time table, I………………any history lesson until next Friday.
   a) won’t have                     c) don’t have             e) am not having
   b) will have                      d) didn’t have

7. What a lazy student! Whenever I ……… him, he ………… television.
   a) saw/watched
   b) see / is always watching
   c) am seeing/is always watching
   d) see/have just watched
   e) saw/watches



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8. My boss has the smallest computer I ……………… .
   a) saw                         c) will see                   e) see
   b) had seen                    d) have ever seen

9. The Government………………on its budget for nearly a month.
   a) is working                  c) was working                e) had worked
   b) has been working            d) will work

10. They ………… on the telephone for several minutes when they were suddenly cut off.
   a) are talking                 c) had been talking           e) will have been
   b) were talking                d) have been talking             talking


11. John thinks that he…………his English book last Tuesday when he………………at the
    barbers on his way home.
   a) lost / has stopped
   b) lost / stopped
   c) loses / stopped
   d) has lost / stopped
   e) has lost/ has stopped

12. Bob………………his glasses this morning.
   a) is breaking                 c) will break                 e) had broken
   b) breaks                      d) broke

13. I wasn’t able to study because I………………my history book.
   a) will lose                   c) am losing                  e) had been losing
   b) have been losing            d) had lost

14. Although she has many personal problems, she ………… present everyday since the
    first day of school.
   a) is                          c) had been                   e) will be
   b) was                         d) has been

15. The last time I saw a good film……………six months ago.
   a) is                          c) would be                   e) was
   b) will be                     d) has been


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16. The last time that poor man……………a meal was three months ago.
   a) has had                       c) had                             e) would have
   b) has                           d) will have


17. Perhaps one day the scientist……………a cure for cancer.
   a) finding                       c) find                            e) have found
   b) will find                     d) found


18. I ran into him at 10 o’clock this morning just before the board meeting;
    I……………him since.
   a) will not have seen            c) haven’t seen                    e) couldn’t see
   b) didn’t see                    d) hadn’t seen


19. I……………interested in history when I……………child.
   a) was / have been               c) were / would be                 e) have been /am
   b) had been / were               d) used to be / was


20. When Queen Victoria …………… in 1901 she …………… for 63 years.
 a) died / had been reigning
 b) had died/reigned
 c) died/was reigning
 d) has died/ reigned
 e) died /has reigned


21. While I …………… for my aunt outside the shop, someone …………… my purse.
 a) waited / had been grabbing                       c) was waiting / grabbed
 b) had waited / was grabbing                        d) had to wait / had grabbed




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22. I have noticed that since I …………the university, my life ……………much more
    interesting.
 a) entered/has become
 b) have entered / becomes
 c) had entered / become
 d) enter / is becoming
 e) was entering/had become


23. Since 1950, the world……………nearly one fifth of the top soil from its agricultural
    land and one-fifth of its tropical forests.
    a) was losing                       c) had been lost          e) loses
    b) is losing                        d) has lost

24. Since he……………from prison, he……………unable to sleep properly.
   a) has been released / was
   b) had released / had been
   c) had been released/would be
   d) was released / has been
   e) released / is being




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PRACTICE TEST A : Verb tenses.

Directions Choose the correct answer.
Example:

 C I've been in this city for a long time. I…………… here sixteen years ago.
    a)have come        b) was coming         c) came    d) had come

1. "Hurry up! We're waiting for you. What's taking you so long?"
   "I…………… for an important phone call. Go ahead and leave without me."
   a) wait                                        c) am waiting
   b) will wait                                   d) have waited

2. "Robert is going to be famous someday. He……………in three movies already."
   "I'm sure he'll be a star."
   a) has been appearing                       c) has appeared
   b) had appeared                             d) appeared

3. "Where's Polly?"
   "She……………."
   a) is in her room studying                       c) studies in her room
   b) in her room is studying                       d) has in her room studied

4. "Hello? Alice? This is Jeff. How are you?"
    "Jeff? What a coincidence! I ……………about you when the phone rang."
   a) was just thinking                       c) have just been thinking
   b) just thought                            d) was just thought

5. "What……………about the new simplified tax law?"
    "It's more confusing than the old one."
   a) are you thinking                      c) have you thought
   b) do you think                          d) have you been thinking

6. "When is Mr. Fields planning to retire?"
   "Soon, I think. He……………here for a long time. He'll probably retire either next year
   or the year after that.'
   a) worked                                  c) had been working
   b) has been working                        d) is working

7. "Why did you buy all this sugar and chocolate?"
   "I …………… a delicious dessert for dinner tonight."
   a) make                                         c) am going to make
   b) will make                                    d) will have made

8. "Let's go! What's taking you so long?"
   "I'll be there as soon as I……………my keys."
   a) found                                         c) find
   b) will find                                     d) am finding


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9. Next week when there ……………a full moon, the ocean tides will be higher.
   a) is being                              c) will be
   b) is                                    d) will have been

10. While I ……………TV last night, a mouse ran across the floor.
    a) watch                                  c) was watching
    b) watched                                d) am watching

11. Fish were among the earliest forms of life. Fish ……………on earth for ages and ages.
    a) existed                                        c) exist
    b) are existing                                   d) have existed

12. The phone ……………. constantly since Jack announced his candidacy for president
    this morning.
    a) has been ringing                      c) had rung
    b) rang                                  d) had been ringing

13. The earth……………on the sun for its heat and light.
    a) is depend                                c) has depend
    b) depending                                d) depends

14. I don't feel good. I ……………home from work tomorrow.
    a) am staying                              c) will have stayed
    b) stay                                    d) stayed

15. Today there are weather satellites that beam down information about the earth's
    atmosphere. In the last two decades, space exploration ……………great contributions to
    weather forecasting.
    a) is making                                     c) made
    b) has made                                      d) makes

16. On July 20, 1969, Astronaut Neil Armstrong…………… down onto the moon , the first
    person ever to set foot on another celestial body.
    a) was stepping                                    c) has stepped
    b) stepped                                         d) was step

17. The plane's departure was delayed because of mechanical difficulties. When the weary
    passengers finally boarded the aircraft, many were annoyed and irritable because they
    ……………in the airport for three and a half hours.
    a) are waiting                                   c) have been waiting
    b) were waiting                                  d) had been waiting

18. If coastal erosion continues to take place at the present rate, in another fifty years this
    beach ……………anymore.
    a) doesn't exist                                    c) isn't existing
    b) isn't going to exist                             d) won't be existing




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19. Homestead High School's football team…………… a championship until last season,
    when the new coach led them to take first place in their league.
    a) has never won                                  c) had never been winning
    b) is never winning                               d) had never won

20. Many years of intensive language study are required for non-native speakers to be able
    to qualify as interpreters. By the end of this year, Chen…………… English for three
    years, but he will still need more training and experience before he masters the
    language.
    a) will be studying                                  c) will have been studying
    b) has studied                                       d) has been studying




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PRACTICE TEST B : Verb Tenses.
Directions: Choose the correct answer.
Example: C I've been in this city for a long time. I…………… here sixteen years ago.

          a) have come      b) was coming          c)came        d)had come

1. "May I speak to Dr. Paine, please?"
   "I'm sorry, he……………a patient at the moment. Can I help you?"
   a) is seeing                              c) has been seeing
   b) sees                                   d) was seeing

2. "When are you going to ask your boss for a raise?"
   "…………… to her twice already! I don't think she wants to give me one."
   a) I've talked                                   c) I was talking
   b) I've been talking                             d) I'd talked

3. "Do you think Harry will want something to eat after he gets here?"
   "I hope not. It'll probably be after midnight, and we ……………."
   a) are sleeping                                    c) have been sleeping
   b) will be sleeping                                d) be sleeping

4. "Paul, could you please turn off the stove? The potatoes …………… for at least thirty
   minutes." .
   "I can't. I'm feeding the baby."
   a) are boiling                                    c) have been boiling
   b) boiling                                        d) were boiling

5. “Is it true that spaghetti didn't originate in Italy? .,
   "Yes. The Chinese……………spaghetti dishes for a long time before Marco Polo
   brought it back to Italy."
   a) have been making                                  c) had been making
   b) have made                                         d) make

6. "I once saw a turtle that had wings. The turtle flew into the air to catch insects."
    "Stop kidding. I ……………you!"
   a) don't believe                                   c) didn't believe
   b) am not believing                                d) wasn't believing

7. "Could someone help me lift the lawnmower into the pickup truck?"
   "I'm not busy. I ……………you."
   "Thanks."
   a) help                                        c) will help
   b) am going to help                            d) am helping

8. My family loves this house. It……………..the family home ever since my
   grandfather built it 60 years ago.
   a) was                                      c) is
   b) has been                                 d) will be


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9. Here's an interesting statistic: On a typical day, the average person ……………
   about 48.000 words. How many words did you speak today?
   a) spoke                                            c) speaks
   b) was speaking                                     d) is speaking

10. I know you feel bad now, Tommy, but try to put it out of your mind. By the time
    you're an adult, you ………… all about it.
    a) forget                                       c) will be forgetting
    b) will have forgotten                          d) forgot

11. It's against the law to kill the black rhinoceros. They……………extinct.
    a) became                                           c) become
    b) have become                                      d) are becoming

12. After ten unhappy years, Janice finally quit her job. She ……………along with her
    boss for a long time before she finally decided to look for a new position.
    a) hadn't been getting                              c) didn't get
    b) isn't getting                                    d) hasn't been getting

13. The National Hurricane Center is closely watching a strong hurricane over the
    Atlantic Ocean. When it……………the coast of Texas sometime tomorrow
    afternoon it will bring with it great destructive force.
    a) reaches                                          c) is reaching
    b) will reach                                       d) reaching

14. At one time, huge prehistoric reptiles dominated the earth. This Age of
    Dinosaurs……………much longer than the present Age of Mammals has lasted to
    date.
    a) lasted                                         c) has lasted
    b) was lasting                                    d) had lasted

15. Jim, why don't you take some time off? You ……………too hard lately. Take a
    short vacation.
    a) worked                                    c) were working
    b) work                                      d) have been working

16. The city is rebuilding its dilapidated waterfront, transforming it into a pleasant and
    fashionable outdoor mall. Next summer when the tourists arrive, they……………
    104 beautiful new shops and restaurants in the area where the old run-down
    waterfront properties used to stand.
    a) will found                                       c) will have found
    b) will be finding                                  d) will find

17. A minor earthquake occurred at 2:07 A.M. on January 3. Most of the people in the
    village……………at the time and didn't even know it had occurred until the next
    morning.
    a) slept                                      c) were sleeping
    b) had slept                                  d) sleep


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18. The little girl started to cry. She……………her doll, and no one was able to find it
    for her.
    a) has lost                                  c) was losing
    b) had lost                                  d) was lost

19. According to research reports, people usually ……………in their sleep 25 to 30
    times each night.
    a) turn                                        c) have turned
    b) are turning                                 d) turned

20. Jane’s eyes burned and her shoulders ached. She……………at the computer for 5
    straight hours. Finally, she took a break.
    a) is sitting
    b) has been sitting
    c) was sitting
    d) had been sitting




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