Tenses: Grammar Practice Exercises

Tenses are important to tell the audience the time of events and happenings. Here are given questions to practise tenses. Try and see if you could do them correctly. Answers are also given.


Tenses: Practice Exercises


Q. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of verb given in the brackets.

                                                              Government Pushes Clean Energy
The Ministry of Renewable Energy (MNRE) ……… (A) ……. (ask) all the union ministries and public sector units to ……… (B) ……. (adopt) solar energy. So far, the ministry ……… (C) ……. (receive) an encouraging response. India already has a focused solar mission – Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission – which ……… (D) ……. (launch) in January, 2010 and ……… (D) ……. (set) an ambitious target.

Answers:

A. has asked
B. adopt
C. has received
D. was launched
E. has set


Q. Complete the sentences with the correct tenses of the verbs given in brackets.

A. That summer, the river that …………. through the town dried up. (run)
B. When I phone Seema, she …………… round straightaway. (come)
C. Nobody …………… why she married him. (understand)
D. When Arvind was in China, he. ……………………. to Sheila every week. (write)
E. She ………… till evening. (play)

Answers:
A. ran
B. came
C. understood
D. wrote
E. played


Q. Samaria wrote a short story but forgot to edit it. There is an error in each line. Write the incorrect word/phrase and the correction.

IncorrectCorrect
a) There was living a farmer named Mohan………..……….
b) who is very hardworking and honest. He………..……….
c) has known across the village as a man………..……….
d) of principles and thus loving by all. His………..……….
e) field have always been green and he never………..……….
f) sleeping on an empty stomach………..……….
g) After a drought, all the farmers was leaving,………..……….
h)  but Mohan was not ready to left his………..……….
i) fields. The news was reaching the press and………..……….
j) a reporter come to the village to………..……….
k) got his side of the story.………..……….

Answer:

IncorrectCorrect
a) was livinglived
b) haswas
c) haswas
d) lovingwas loved
e) beenwere
f) sleepingslept
g) was leavingleft
h) leftleave
i) was reachingreached
j) comecame
gotget


Q. Complete the following dialogue using correct tenses.

Mother   Rahul, where ……… (A) ……. ?
Sohan: I ……… (B) ……. ……… (C) …….
Sohan:    Yes, mom, I ……… (D) ……. my homework.
Mother: When will you be back from your friend’s house?
Sohan: ……… (E) ………

Answers:

A. are you going?

B. am going to market to buy a book.

C. Have you finished your homework?

D. have finished

E. I will be back soon


Q. Fill in the blanks using the correct form of tenses.

Medi Leaks, a website that ……… (A) ……. (allow) stakeholders to register complaints and put out irregularities in healthcare; ……… (B) ……. (launch) in the capital yesterday. The website, ……… (C) ……. (inspire) by Wikileaks, ……… (D) ……. (allow) whistle-blowers to ……… (E) ……. (post) information, anonymously. This ……… (F) ……. (check) by a team of volunteers before ……… (G) ……. (share) on the portal. However, concerns are already ……… (H) ……. (raise) about how it ……… (I) ……. (address) the issue of medical negligence.

Answers:

A. will allow
B. was launched
C. inspired
D. will allow
E. post
F. will be checked
G. being shared
H. being raised
I. would address

Q. In the passage given below, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it.

BeforeMissingAfter
Experiments at the world’s biggest……….……………..
a) particle smasher confirmed the existence of two subatomic particles……….……………..
b) The discoveries part of the baryon……….……………..
c) family of particles. Baryons composite particles composed of three quarks. The……….……………..
d) work carried out in 2011 and 2012. A……….……………..
e) paper reporting the finding have been submitted.……….……………..
f) The facility going through an upgrade……….……………..
g) now. A related baryonic particle found by an experiment in 2012……….……………..

Answer:

BeforeMissingAfter
a) smasherhaveconfirmed
b) discoveriesarepart
c) Baryonsarecomposite
d) workwascarried
e) findinghasbeen
f) facilityisgoing
g) particlewasfound

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