English Language: Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 Quiz - Verbs (Present and Past Tenses) (Questions)

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