Tenses worksheet

Complete the following sentences using appropriate tense forms of the verb.

1. She ——————- short stories.

a) write
b) writes

2. I —————- him yesterday.

a) met
b) have met

3. We ——————- to the movies last night.

a) went
b) had gone

4. He ———————- two hours ago.

a) left
b) had left
c) has left

5. I ———————— all the films directed by Spielberg.

a) watched
b) have watched
c) had watched

6. I ———————- a lot of films during the holidays.

a) watched
b) have watched
c) had watched

7. I ———————– to him last week.

a) wrote
b) have written
c) had written

8. The hen ——————– six eggs.

a) was lain
b) has lain
b) has laid

9. The dog ———————– under the tree.

a) lay
b) laid
c) has laid

10. She ——————– before her husband arrived.

a) died
b) had died
c) Either could be used here

Answers

1. She writes short stories.

2. I met him yesterday.

3. We went to the movies last night.

4. He left two hours ago. (We do not use the past perfect tense to say that something happened some time ago.)

5. I have watched all the films directed by Spielberg.

6. I watched a lot of films during the holidays.

7. I wrote to him last week.

8. The hen has laid six eggs.

9. The dog lay under the tree.

10. She died / had died before her husband arrived. (Strictly speaking, you need a past perfect tense here; the simple past is also possible because we have explained the sequence of events using the conjunction ‘before’.)

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