Verbs (Present and Past Tenses) 01
"The swimmer is gasping for breath" is an example of present tense. "The swimmer gasped for breath" is an example of past tense.

Verbs (Present and Past Tenses) 01

Verbs, 'doing words', use tenses to show us the time of their action. The present tense is happening now and the past tense has already happened.

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  1. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The runners ....... round the track now; the crowd .......
    Today the crowd 'cheers'/yesterday it 'cheered'
  2. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The athletes ....... autographs and ....... them to people.
    Match both verb tenses so 'signed/gave'
  3. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The swimmer ....... to ....... a second off the record she .......
    Use present tense in writing to involve your reader
  4. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The spectators ....... the athletes and ....... them for autographs.
    Match both verb tenses so 'congratulated/asked'
  5. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The winners ....... on a podium and ....... their medals.
    'Podium' = platform. 'Stand/receive' = present tense
  6. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    Each competitor ....... to ....... the record he ....... last year.
    'Tries/is trying' present tense - use in writing for effect
  7. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The competition ....... yesterday; it ....... for ten days.
    Past tense used here - the event happened yesterday
  8. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The people ....... their cars and ....... home.
    Match both verb tenses so 'found/drove' = past tense
  9. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The crowd ....... the winners as they ....... medals yesterday.
    'Cheered/received' = past tense; it happened yesterday
  10. Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
    The athletes ....... fast; they each ....... to ....... the record.
    Today they 'run' but yesterday they 'ran' - past tense

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