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Verb Tenses and Quizzes Reviewing All Verb Tenses

The QUICK QUIZZES on this page are excellent review exercises of all the verb tenses.  Please do NOT take these quizzes unless you read and follow the instructions!  These quizzes are "graded" by computer, and if you do not follow the instructions completely, your answer(s) will be counted wrong.

Before you take the quizzes, please practice the following exercise with a partner, one person asking the questions and the other answering the questions.  Every answer in this exercise is answered in a complete sentence using the verb phrase "feed my fish."

Directions:  Practice this exercise with a partner.  Take turns asking and answering each question.
What do you do every day?

I feed my fish every day.

What did you do yesterday?

I fed my fish yesterday.

What will you do tomorrow?

I will feed my fish tomorrow.

What are you doing right now?

I am feeding my fish right now.

What were you doing at this time yesterday?

I was feeding my fish at this time yesterday.

What will you be doing at this time tomorrow?

I will be feeding my fish at this time tomorrow.

What have you done since you got up this morning?

I have fed my fish since I got up this morning?

What had you done before you went to bed last night?

I had fed my fish before I went to bed last night.

What will you have done before you go to bed tonight?

I will have fed my fish before I go to bed tonight.

What are you doing?

I am feeding my fish.

How long have you been doing that?

I have been feeding my fish for five minutes.

What were you doing before you started this quiz?

I was feeding my fish before I started this quiz.

How long had you been doing that?

I had been feeding my fish for five minutes before I started this quiz.

What will you be doing before you take this quiz tomorrow?

I will be feeding my fish before I take this quiz tomorrow.

How long will you have been doing that?

I will have been feeding my fish five minutes before I take this quiz tomorrow.

As you can see, these questions are "typical" questions that most people ask and answer every day:

What are you doing...?
What were you doing...?
What have you done...?
What will you do...?

The interesting feature of these simple questions is that they appear all together in a single quiz, and by answering each of these questions, every verb tense is used!  Thus, this quiz is an excellent review of all the verb tenses.

The credit for putting all these questions into a single exercise belongs to Betty Schrampher Azar because it was within her book, Understanding and Using English Grammar, where I first saw them together for the first time.  I thought "What a great exercise!"  The answers to these fifteen questions require the user to respond using every verb tense.

For those who have not yet studied or learned all the verb tenses, however, I heartily recommend a program based on Understanding and Using English Grammar because the book is excellent!  It is the standard by which all other English grammar books are measured.

Click here to see the complete book description at Amazon.com (will open in a new window), or click here to see the complete bibliographic information.  (Disclaimer:  Betty Schrampher Azar neither supports nor endorses this site.  I do not earn money by recommending this book.  I do not earn money if you buy this book through the link above.)

QUICK QUIZ ONE:  This quiz is the "easiest" because the sentences are written out completely except for the verb tense which you need to write in the blank.  If you make a typographical error (typo), your answer will be counted wrong.  The verb phrase you will use in every answer to this quiz is "do a pushup."

QUICK QUIZ TWO:  This quiz is like the first.  The only difference is that the verb phrase you will use in every answer is "sing a song."  Again, these quizzes are "graded" by computer, so type carefully.  Typos are counted wrong.

QUICK QUIZ THREE:  This quiz is more difficult because the answers must be written completely and in complete sentences.  Put a period at the end of every sentence!  Again, if you make any typo or do not answer in complete sentences as in the exercise above (and some of these answers are long sentences), your answer will be counted wrong.  The verb phrase you will use in every answer in this quiz is "eat an apple."

If the quizzes in this site are helpful, please tell a friend.  Thanks a lot!

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