Grade 4 Language - Progressive Tense
When writing, it is important to get the tense correct.

Grade 4 Language - Progressive Tense

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When we write that a person or thing ‘is’ doing something – it means it's happening now. To change it to the past tense we replace the word ‘is’ to ‘was’. This is the same for ‘are’ and ‘were’.

Test your knowledge on progressive tense

1.
You want to write a sentence about a boy who learns right now and will continue to learn. How would you write that sentence?
A boy will be learning to read.
A boy is learning to read.
A boy was learning to read.
A boy learns to read.
Since you need a sentence for something that is happening in the present and will continue to happen, you should use the present progressive tense.
2.
You want to write a sentence about a dog who played yesterday and continued to play yesterday. How would you write that sentence?
Fido was playing with his toy yesterday.
Fido is playing with his toy yesterday.
Fido will be playing with his toy yesterday.
Fido played with his toy yesterday.
This action happened in the past and it continued to happen, so the sentence should include “was playing.”
3.
'He was fast asleep.' Which word tells us this is written in past tense?
fast
was
he
asleep
We use 'is' or 'was' when we are writing about one person or thing.
4.
'The dogs were barking.' Which word tells us this is written in past tense?
the
dogs
were
barking
We write 'are' or 'were' when there is more than one person or thing.
5.
You want to write a sentence about a girl who goes to the doctor’s office in the future and will continue. How would you write that sentence?
Sarah went to the doctor’s office tomorrow.
Sarah will be going to the doctor’s office tomorrow.
Sarah is going to the doctor’s office tomorrow.
Sarah am going to the doctor’s office tomorrow.
Even though some of the other answers may sound correct, the tense should be in the future progressive tense since it is taking place in the future.
6.
You want to write a sentence about a boy who sails his boat today and continues to sail his boat. How would you write that sentence?
Tommy is sailing his boat today.
Tommy was sailing his boat today.
Tommy will be sailing his boat today.
Tommy were sailing his boat today.
This action is taking place right now and is continuing, so this verb should be in the present progressive tense.
7.
Fill in the blank with the correct verb phrase based on the sentence.
The masked man ____ the bank right now.
robs
was robbing
will be robbing
is robbing
The key words are "right now" and that means that it is a continuous action that is taking place in the present.
8.
Choose the correct sentence:
The mouse was hunting for food.
The mouse were hunting for food.
The mouse are hunting for food.
The mouse hunting was for food.
The word 'was' tells us the mouse is no longer hunting.
9.
Fill in the blank with the correct verb phrase based on the sentence.
Happiness ____ to everyone last night.
will be spreading
was spreading
spread
is spreading
Since this action is taking place and does not happen every day, the past progressive tense should be used.
10.
Fill in the blank with the correct verb phrase based on the sentence.
I ____ dinner now for the family.
cooked
cooks
am cooking
will be cooking
This action is happening right now and it is continuous so the present progressive tense should be used.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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