Verbs (Present and Past Tenses)
"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)

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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.

If in doubt, have a bash at this quiz on past and present tense verbs.

1.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The winners ....... on a podium and ....... their medals.
stand, receive
stand, received
stood, receive
stood, receiving
'Podium' = platform. 'Stand/receive' = present tense
2.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The competition ....... yesterday; it ....... for ten days.
finished, lasted
finished, lasts
finishes, lasts
finish, last
Past tense used here - the event happened yesterday
3.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The people ....... their cars and ....... home.
find, driving
find, drove
found, drive
found, drove
Match both verb tenses so 'found/drove' = past tense
4.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The crowd ....... the winners as they ....... medals yesterday.
cheered, receive
cheered, received
cheer, received
cheers, receive
'Cheered/received' = past tense; it happened yesterday
5.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The athletes ....... autographs and ....... them to people.
signed, gave
signed, give
sign, gave
sign, giving
Match both verb tenses so 'signed/gave'
6.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The runners ....... round the track now; the crowd .......
ran, cheered
run, cheers
running, cheered
running, cheers
Today the crowd 'cheers'/yesterday it 'cheered'
7.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The swimmer ....... to ....... a second off the record she .......
is trying, cut, sat
is trying, cut, set
tried, cut, sat
tried, cutting, set
Use present tense in writing to involve your reader
8.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
Each competitor ....... to ....... the record he ....... last year.
is trying, break, set
is trying, broke, sat
tried, break, sat
tried, broke, sat
'Tries/is trying' present tense - use in writing for effect
9.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The athletes ....... fast; they each ....... to ....... the record.
ran, hoped, break
ran, hoped, broke
run, hope, broke
running, hoped, break
Today they 'run' but yesterday they 'ran' - past tense
10.
Choose the correct tense to fill the gaps in the following sentence.
The spectators ....... the athletes and ....... them for autographs.
are congratulating, asked
congratulate, asked
congratulated, ask
congratulated, asked
Match both verb tenses so 'congratulated/asked'
Author:  Sue Daish

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