The Sequence of Tenses

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  • Q1

    Complete the conversation by choosing the correct options from those given below.

    James: When did you arrive?

    Marilyn: I have(a) __________.

    James: Did you (b) ____any difficulty on the way?

    Marilyn: Nothing much, but someone (c) ______with my purse.

    James: It is very sad. Did you report it to the police?

    Marilyn: No, I (d) __________report it to the police.

    James: Come, let us go and (e) ____ it.

    [At the police station]

    Policeman: Where did you (f) ____ your purse?

    Marilyn: I (g) ____ it while coming out of the subway.

    James: She probably did not (h) ____ the man coming after her.

    Marilyn: I was talking on the phone, when suddenly that man (i) ____out of nowhere and snatched my purse.

    Policeman: Describe the colour and contents of your bag.

    Marilyn: It was of a pink and beige colour. There (j) ____my college identity card, some cash and my credit card in it.

    Policeman: Alright! I’ve registered your complaint and will call you in case of any information.

    (a)just arrives/ just arrived

    (b)have/ has

    (c) ran away/ run away

    (d) didn’t/ don’t

    (e) report/ reported

    (f) lose/ lost

    (g) lost/ lose

    (h) notice/ noticed

    (i) came/ come

    (j) was/ were

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a)just arrived

    (b)have

    (c) ran away

    (d) didn’t

    (e) report

    (f) lose

    (g) lost

    (h) notice

    (i) came

    (j) was

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  • Q2

    Fill up the blanks with the correct form of the verb given in brackets.

    1. My sister studied earnestly that she _____ (pass) with flying colours.

    2. Thomas knew that Mary _____ (support) him.

    3. I wish I _____ (be) the Prime Minister.

    4. The police couldn't explain how the prisoner _____ (escape) from the prison.

    5. The city of Atlantis once stood where now _____ (lie) the vast ocean.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. My sister studied earnestly that she might pass with flying colours.

    2. Thomas knew that Mary would support him.

    3. I wish I were the Prime Minister.

    4. The police couldn't explain how the prisoner had escaped from the prison.

    5. The city of Atlantis once stood where now lies the vast ocean.

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  • Q3

    Rewrite the following sentences using the correct form of the verb.

    1. My Dad taught me that honesty was the best policy.

    2. I shall let you know when the dinner will be ready.

    3. The Jury found that the accused is guilty.

    4. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras maintained that the Earth was round.

    5. I wish I will be there.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. My Dad taught me that honesty is the best policy.

    2. I shall let you know when the dinner is ready.

    3. The Jury found that the accused was guilty.

    4. The ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras maintained that the Earth is round.

    5. I wish I were there.

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  • Q4

    Fill up the blanks using an appropriate form of the verb given within brackets.

    1. David thinks that Jane _____ at home. (were, is, had)

    2. Patrick will say that Patricia _____ at home when the accident took place. (is, was, will be)

    3. I practice so that I _____ perform well during the singing competition. (will be, may, was)

    4. I will drop you at the airport so that you _____ be late. (won't be, might be, are)

    5. Jenny knew that William _____ come for the party. (won't, wouldn't, can't)

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. David thinks that Jane is at home.

    2. Patrick will say that Patricia was at home when the accident took place.

    3. I practice so that I may perform well during the singing competition.

    4. I will drop you at the airport so that you won't be late.

    5. Jenny knew that William wouldn't come for the party.

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  • Q5

    I. Complete the following sentences using an appropriate form of the verb given within brackets.

    1. I wish I ______ (has, will have, had) wings to fly away and escape.

    2. We will let you know when the tables______ (have been, will be, were) arranged properly.

    3. I worked hard so that I______ (may, might) pass the test.

    4. I am convinced that a friend in need ______ (was, is, will be) a friend indeed.

    5. The investigating agency proved that he ______ (were, was, will be) guilty.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. I wish I had wings to fly away and escape.

    2. We will let you know when the tables have been arranged properly.

    3. I worked hard so that I might pass the test.

    4. I am convinced that a friend in need is a friend indeed.

    5. The investigating agency proved that he was guilty.

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