The Sequence of Tenses

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  • Q1

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

    1. As soon as it saw us the bird _____ (fly) away.

    2. Robert never _____ (eat) breakfast.

    3. I could _____ (hear) someone crying in the house.

    4. Jane _____ (try) to hide her disappointment.

    5. I _____ (fear) that the he's already left.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. As soon as it saw us the bird flew away.

    2. Robert never eats breakfast.

    3. I could hear someone crying in the house.

    4. Jane tried to hide her disappointment.

    5. I fear that the he's already left.

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  • Q2

    Fill in the blanks with the correct verbs forms.

    1. She replied that she _____ better. (feel)

    2. I ____ out that he was guilty. (find)

    3. He _____ that he would come. (reply)

    4. I never _____ that I should see him again. (think)

    5. I ____ so that I may live. (eat)

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. She replied that she felt better.

    2. I found out that he was guilty.

    3. He replied that he would come.

    4. I never thought that I should see him again.

    5. I eat so that I may live.

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  • Q3

    Look at the following words and phrases and form meaningful sentences.

    1. people/enjoy/many/reading

    2. without/is/reading/of/time/wastage/ understanding

    3. problems/while reading/face/you/can

    4. a/dictionary/you/should/for/words/ consult /difficult

    5. communication/helps/improving/it/ also/ your/skills

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) Many people enjoy reading.

    (b) Reading without understanding is wastage of time.

    (c) While reading you can face problems.

    (d) You should consult a dictionary for difficult words.

    (e) It also helps improving your communication skills.

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  • Q4

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

    Ryan: Hi Sam! How (1)_____ you ? (was/ are)

    Sam: I am fine. How (2)_____ ? (were you doing/are you doing)

    Ryan: Fine. Thank you. Where (3)_____? (are you going/were you going)

    Sam: I am (4)_____ . (going for a film/went for film)

    Ryan: If you don’t mind, (5)_____ ? (can I join you/will I join you)

    Sam: Sure. It’s a pleasure to be with you.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (1) are

    (2) are you doing

    (3) are you going

    (4) going for a film

    (5) can I join you

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  • Q5

    Fill up the blanks with the correct tense form to complete the sentences.

    1. She ran as quickly as she ______. (can/ could)

    2. He went home because he ______ to meet his mother. (want/wanted)

    3. As soon as he ______ the news he wrote to me. (heard/will hear)

    4. He ran away because he _____ afraid. (was/is)

    5. She knew that she ______ made the right choice. (has/will)

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. She ran as quickly as she could.

    2. He went home because he wanted to meet his mother.

    3. As soon as he heard the news he wrote to me.

    4. He ran away because he was afraid.

    5. She knew that she has made the right choice.

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