Here we go! This is the first of its kind! Past tenses are breaking in the grammar episodes of upper-intermediate, and today will be a bit difficult with some good exercises down below. For those of you who have been following me for a long time, this is going to be a test for you.
Name the tenses of the verbs in sentences 1-6
- They reported having a positive experience than the commuters who had been sitting alone.
- They asked one group to talk to the person next to them while they were traveling to work.
- Social media has revolutionized the way we relate to one another.
- After they had walked around the campus, the groups were given games to play.
- Robert has been studying the roots for 20 years.
- Two people approached commuters on a Tokyo train as they were about to/were going to get on a train.
- A. for finished actions or situations at specific times in the past.
- B. for activities in progress at a moment in the past.
- C. to talk about the future in the past.
- D. for actions that happened at an unspecified moment in the past.
- E. for actions that happened in the past before another moment or action in the past.
- F. for actions that started in the past and are either incomplete or finished very recently, especially when the duration of the action is important.
- G. to talk about actions that happened before another action in the past when the duration of the action is important.
Choose the correct alternative.
- We have made/made friends with some Swiss students on holiday last summer.
- I’ve/I’d been writing to a pen pal in Italy for the last three years.
- On the way to work, we chatted/have been chatting to some people on the bus.
- I know quite a lot about psychology because I’ve been reading/read quite a few books about it.
- My dad has been/was on an American football team, but he retired.
- He couldn’t tell us where he bought it because he’d forgotten/has been forgetting it.
- I had/have been having problems with my phone for the last five weeks, so I went to the show to fix it.
- They left/were leaving the cinema when they saw an old friend, so they went/were going back to see him.
- She’s my colleague. We always see/have always seen eye-to-eye.
- Hey, John! I gotta run now. My flight has arrived/been arriving.