Four Verb Tenses Exercises for Connectivity 1

Here you have to choose between the four verb tenses you have studied in Units 1 and 2.

Also study Appendix B and Appendix C.

What is the correct tense of the verb between parentheses to complete the sentence? 

  1. You ________ (not can) entre this room. It ________ (be) only for instructors. Why don't you use the other room?

  2. If you _________ (not know) how to do something, please ask me. I will clarify everything for you.

  3. I ___________ (forget) my keys at home this morning, so I couldn't use the office all day.

  4. I _________ (forgot) my keys at home and I can't get in my office.

  5. I ____________ (not finish) making your test papers yet. I ________ (need) two or three days to finish.

  6. When I __________ (see) her face, I immediately ________ (know) that something was wrong.

  7. Our report _________ (consist) of five chapters, each is about ten pages long.

  8. Last night, I _____ (be) so tired and I ________ (not concentrate) while driving, and I _________ (hit) the pavement. Luckily, nothing __________ (happen) to my car.

  9. My mother and sister ___________ (go) to Manama Mall yesterday. They _______ (buy) many things for themselves and for my little sister, but they _________ (not buy) anything for me.

  10. As the instructor ______ (talk), a policeman _______ (walk) in and _______ (whisper) something in his ear. The instructor ________ (stop) his lecture, ________ (collect) his stuff and __________ (leave) at once. No one there _______ (know) why.

  11. When Einstein _____ (be) a student at school, his teachers ______ (think) he was stupid. They ______ (not know) that he ________ (be) a genius. 

  12. I am very excited! We _______ (succeed) in our experiment! 

  13. Look at Mariam. She __________ (look) for her books. She ______ (put) them there an hour ago, but it ______ (seem) that someone __________ (take) them. She _________ (check) all the desks and stools in the corridor, but can't find them.

  14. Isa _______ (type) his project when suddenly the electricity ______ (go) off.

  15. We would like to inform you that the ATM will be closed for two. We _________ (apologise) for any inconvenience this may cause. We ___________ (work) on upgrading the system.

  16. While I ______ (study) last night, I______ (hear) a scream. I_____ (get) so scared. Then, it _______ (turn) out that it _______ (be) from the TV.  

  17. We ________ (be) interested in the topic you proposed. Can you tell us more about it?

  18. The University of Bahrain __________ (have) a number of buildings.

  19. She _________ (not want) to come with us to the cafeteria. She ______ (eat) already.

  20. Ah, I____ (be) so tired! I _________ (stay) up all night working on my assignment, and I _____ (just submit) it!

  21. He ______ (not know) about my grades. I _______ (not tell) him yet.

  22. Alexander Bill ______ (be) a great scientist who ____________ (invent) the telephone in 1876. 

  23. I'm sorry if I ________ (hurt) you. I only __________ (mean) to help.

  24. Ahmed and Mahmoud _________ (not be) my relatives. They are my friends.

  25. Life expectancy ____________ (increase) in countries that _________ (provide) good healthcare.

  26. When Tina and Lara ______ (be) children, their parents_______ (not allow) them to go to school. They _______ (stay) at home all day and _______ (help) their mother with the house works. They _____ (be) sad and they _________ (worry) that they _____ (will) never learn how to read and write. 

  27. He always _______ (copy) all the answers from his colleague. Of course, he won't learn or understand anything!

Answer Key

1. cannot - is

2. do not know

3. forgot

4. have forgotten

5. have not finished - need

6. saw - knew

7. consists

8. was - did not concentrate (or was not concentrating) - hit - happened

9. went - bought - did not buy

10. was talking (or talked) - walked - whispered - stopped - collected - left - knew

11. was -thought - did not know - was

12. have succeeded 

13. is looking - put - seems - took (or has taken) - checked.

14. was typing - went

15. apologise - are working 

16. was studying - heard - got - turned - was 

17. are 

18. has​

19. does not want - has eaten

20. am - stayed - have just submitted

21. does not know - have not told

22. was - invented

23. hurt - meant

24. are not 

25. increases - provide

26. were - did not allow - stayed - helped - were -​ worried - would​

27. copies

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