Tenses worksheet for class 8 CBSE

Complete the following sentences.

Since ancient times, trade relations ......1........ between India and Europe. There .......2..... a great demand for Indian goods in the European markets. In the medieval period, land routes ......3..... for this trade. Later the merchants and rulers ......4......... to look for sea routes for their trade with India.

Vasco da Gama, a Portuguese sailor, ......5........ round the tip of South Africa in 1498 and .......6........ at the port of Calicut in India. He .........7......... trade privileges from the Zamorin. In 1510, the Portuguese ........8........ Goa. Thereafter, they .......9........ Diu-Daman under their control. The Portuguese ........10.......... huge wealth from their trade with India.


Four options are given against each number separated by the symbol (/). Choose the one that will correctly complete the sentence given above.

1. existed / had existed / exist / were existed

2. has been / was / were / had been

3. used / were used / are used / had used

4. begin / had begun / began / has begun

5. had gone / goes / went / has gone

6. had landed / landed / lands / has landed

7. obtained / has obtained / had obtained / obtains

8. captures / captured / had captured / has captured

9. bring / brought / had brought / have brought

10. were amassing / amassed / had amassed / amass


1. Existed; 2. Was; 3. Were used; 4. Began; 5. Went; 6. Landed; 7. Obtained; 8. Captured; 9. Brought; 10. Amassed

Sections in this article

The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense
Tenses in subordinate clauses

See also

Adverb clauses
Adjective clauses
Noun clauses
Transformation of sentences

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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