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Verbs - Present Tense
'Michael is eating all the strawberries'. This sentence is in the present tense.

Verbs - Present Tense

This quiz focusses on present tense and helps children recognise verbs that are written in the present tense. This quiz is designed to aid the National Curriculum's requirement that Year 2 children at the KS1 level continuously write in one tense. When writing and reading stories, knowing the tense will improve children’s command of literacy and the English language.

A verb is a doing word and when written in the present tense, they tell us what is happening now. If I say ‘The owl lives in the tree,’ the verb is ‘lives’ and that means he still lives there.

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1.
Which word is the present tense way of saying 'to teach'?
taught
teached
teaches
teach
To become a teacher you have to go to university.
2.
'The owl sits on the grass.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
sits
on
the
grass
As soon as the owl flies off, we will say 'The owl sat on the grass.'
3.
'Alfie washes his face.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
Alfie
washes
his
face
The word 'wash' is the verb and when put in the past tense, we'd write 'washed'.
4.
Which sentence is written in the present tense?
The secretary typed all the notes.
The secretary type all the notes.
The secretary types all the notes.
The secretary typing all the notes.
To change the last answer to the present tense, you can add the word 'is' so that it says, 'The secretary is typing all the notes.'
5.
'Ollie's dad paints the walls.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
Ollie's
dad
paints
walls
When he has finished, we will say he painted the walls.
6.
'My friend Lucy watches television.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
My
friend
Lucy
watches
The short way of writing 'television' is 'tv'.
7.
'Emma reads a book.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
book
a
reads
Emma
When we say someone has read a book, the spelling is the same as when we say, "read your book".
8.
'Eva climbs the tree.' Which word shows us we are writing in the present tense?
climbs
Eva
the
tree
If she did it yesterday, we would say she 'climbed' the tree.
9.
Which sentence is written in the present tense?
A pilot flew the helicopter.
A pilot flies the helicopter.
A pilot had flown the helicopter.
A pilot flied the helicopter.
The verb 'to fly' is what we call an irregular past tense. The word goes from fly, to flies, to flew.
10.
What does present tense mean?
It is happening now.
It has happened.
It happened last week.
It describes an object.
Present tense means that something is happening right now. If it's already happened, then it's in the past and is past tense.
Author:  Finola Waller

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