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WORKSHEET (TENSE REVIEW)

A.

Complete this paragraph with the correct form of the verb. Choose
between
the
Present
Perfect
Simple
or
Past
Simple.

London . (to have) an underground system since the


19th century. The London Underground .. (to start) in 1863,
when workers and engineers . (to build) the Metrepolitan
railway. This railway line (to go) from Paddington Station
to Farringdon Street Station, and steam engines (to
pull) the carriages. Eleven more lines . (to open) since then.
The world's first underground electric railway (to open) in
1890. This line (to go) from the City of London to Stockwell.
The most modern line is the Jubilee line, which ..(to open) in
1979. Since the London Underground .(to begin), many
other cities, like New York and Paris, (to build) their own
systems.
B.

Fill in the blanks with the most appropriate tense. Look at the time
expressions for clues.
1. Juan . (study) English for many years.
2. His sister . (finish) her English classes last
semester.
3. Right now, we . (work) on a very interesting
project.
4. Iva . (meet) a young man at the supermarket
last Saturday.
5. While James and his wife . (drive) home, they
saw a parade.
6. Tomorrow, Lisas brother . (start) his new job.
7. My students always . (enjoy) talking in English in
class.
8. Since their family . (arrive) to this country,
they. (be) very happy.
9. Im sorry. I cannot walk anymore. I. (walk) for an
hour.

C.

Fill in the blanks with a form of the verb in parantheses. Use any
appropriate verb tense

Two years ago, I (1). (get) a job at a company called


WordTech. Now, I (2).. (use) computers at work
every day, but before I (3). (come) to the United States, I had
never touched a computer. It (5) .. (take-not) me
very long to learn basic computer skills because I had already taken a course
in typing. By the time. I left my country, I had finished secretarial school.

While I (9) .. (look) for a job here, I (10)


.. (take) a course in information technology. I (11)
.. (continue) to learn new things since I (12)
.. (start) working at WordTech. For example, now I
(13) .. (learn) how to search for information on the
Internet.
D.

Fill in the blanks to complete the movie review. Use the correct
tense of the verbs given
E.T. by JOE BERNES
Last night, I saw a good movie. The title of the movie was E.T. It was an
excellent film. To my surprise. I ..... (laugh), I (cry),
and I .. (worry) about the little creature from space, and I
completely . (enjoy) the show.
The story is about an extraterrestrial person named E.T. He
. (land) on earth in a flying saucer. But his space ship had
departed without him. A little American boy (discover)
E.T. They .. (play) together and they ..
(like) each other a lot. But E.T. (miss) his home. He
.. (want) to go back. He . (plan) his
return trip, but then
Well, go and see this excellent summer film and find out about E.T.

E.

Use the correct form of the verbs

1. The Bartons (go) to the mountains last weekend. While they


... (have) lunch, a man . (fall) down the tree. They
(take) him to the hospital in their car. They
(visit) him twice in the hospital since that
time. The man .. (be) better now and the doctors say he
.. (leave) the hospital soon. When The Bartons
(visit) him yesterday, they . (take) him a
bunch of flowers. The man . (be) very happy and
.
(thank)
them.
Mr.
Barton
now
says
he
. (spend) the next weekend at the seaside and
he (hope) there . (not / be)
any more accidents.
2. I
.
(finish)
school
last
month
and
I
.. (not / have) a job yet, but fortunately I
. (have) a job interview tomorrow. I usually .
(get) up early so often .. (sleep) at around half past ten. I
. (be) a little excited last night and because of this I
....
(want
/
watch)
TV
before
I
(go) to bed. There .. (be) a film about birds

on TV and while I (sit) on the sofa, I


.. (fall) asleep. .. you . (have) a
terrible dream? Well, I . (have) one last night. In my dream I
. (be) a parrot and my apartment flat .. (be) on the
tenth floor of a big building. A big cat ..
(want / catch) me so I .. (begin / fly). I
.. (have) nowhere (go) because the door
(be) locked. Suddenly the cat (attack)
me. It nearly . (kill) me. While I .
(shout) in pain, a voice (say), you
.. (see) my books? I cant find them. When I
(open) my eyes, I . (feel) very happy
. (see) my sister. Of course she .
(not /understand) the reason but I (give) her a big kiss.

F.

REWRITE or COMBINE the following

It rained this morning. The children played in the garden. (while)

What did you do? The doorbell rang. (when)

I walked along Main Street. I realized a man behind me. (when)

I started to play football when I was five. (since)

The windows are dirty. I last cleaned them last month. (since)

He last shaved a week ago. (for)

We slept last night. The robber stole all the jewellery. (while)

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