Test: Tenses- 1


10 Questions MCQ Test English Grammar Class 8 | Test: Tenses- 1


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QUESTION: 1

Fill in the blank with the appropriate form of verb.

Q. The boss cannot see anybody as he _____ some letters.

Solution:

The answer is A. Is dictating 
Reason- The sentence begins with cannot which introduces the present tense of the sentence. The verb  is dictating is in present continuous tense
Was dictating refers to past dictation of letters 
Has been dictating imposes that boss has been dictating the letters for a long time.
Has dictated implies that the work has been completed just now. SO, the other options are wrong.

QUESTION: 2

Choose the correct future tense form of the verb given in the bracket.

Q. We don't think our teacher _____ (meet) us again.

Solution:

The word 'again' suggests that the sentence is in the future tense. 
Option B is the correct form of the verb here, and it represents a simple future tense.
In option A 'be' is missing in 'will be meeting' therefore it isn't the right form of future continuous tense.
Options C and D does not make the sentence meaningful.
Thus option B is the right answer.

QUESTION: 3

Choose the correct future tense form of the verb given in the bracket.

Q. We don't think our teacher _____ (meet) us again.

Solution:

The word 'again' suggests that the sentence is in the future tense. 
Option B is the correct form of the verb here, and it represents a simple future tense.
In option A 'be' is missing in 'will be meeting' therefore it isn't the right form of future continuous tense.
Options C and D does not make the sentence meaningful.
Thus option B is the right answer.

QUESTION: 4

Fill in the blank with the appropriate form of the verb.

Q. He ______ so hard that he is certain to succeed.

Solution:

Here, 'has worked' in present perfect tense is correct because it is used to indicate an action which started in the past and has continued up until now. Here, he started working hard (in the past) and due to that, he is certain to succeed. 
'Had worked' is incorrect because it is used to indicate a completed action of the past that happened before another event took place. Example: The project was bound to succeed because I really had worked very hard on it.
'Will work' in future simple tense is incorrect because it is used to indicate an action that has not taken place as yet. 
Example: I will work very hard on this venture to make it a success. 
'Work' does not fit in the sentence. 

QUESTION: 5

The given statement has some error. From the given options, which is the correct way of writing the given sentence?

Q. I am having a car.

Solution:

'Have' and 'having' can be quite confusing. The rule is when we talk about something we own or possess e.g. car, house etc or when we talk about something that has an uncertain duration e.g a cold, a headache etc, we use 'have'. When we talk about something that has a definite beginning, duration, and end, we use 'having'. For example, I am having a baby in November, I am having dinner, etc. 
Here, the sentence talks about possessing a car. So, the correct verb to use is 'have'.
The correct option is B) I have a car.

QUESTION: 6

Change the sentence with the correct form of future tense of the verb given in the bracket.

Q. Tomorrow, my mother _________ (take) us to the movies.

Solution:

The event that is being talked about, has not happened yet. It will take place in the future. When talking about future events that are certain or represent a fact, we use Simple Future Tense. 
Simple Future Tense is usually of the form - 
Subject + "will" + verb
Here the verb is "take". Thus, the right form would be - 
Subject + "will take"
Thus, Option D is correct. 

QUESTION: 7

Fill in the blank with the appropriate form of the verb.

Q. He said that he ______ for a walk this evening.

Solution:

Here, 'would go' in simple future tense is correct because it is used as the past form of will when reporting what somebody has said or thought. Here, 'he' said that he 'would go' for a walk in the future (evening). 
'Will' is used for showing that somebody is willing to do something or is used for asking somebody to do something. Example: Will you get up from that chair?
'Has been going' in present perfect continuous tense is used to indicate an action that started at some point in the past and may or may not be complete.
'Is' is used to indicate an action that is going on at the time of speaking.
Example: The child is going to school. 

QUESTION: 8

Choose the most appropriate form of the verb below.

Q. The players _____ (play) tennis next Monday.

Solution:

The appropriate form of a verb can be used in the sentence considering the context of the sentence.  Out of the four options, 'Will be playing' is the correct option since the sentence refers to the situation that would happen in future as the word 'Next' used clearly states the future. 'Played' and 'Had been playing' are used for the actions of the past and 'Have been playing' is used for the actions of 'Present Perfect'.
Thus, the sentence would become: The players will be playing tennis next Monday. Hence, option B 'will be playing' is correct.

QUESTION: 9

Pick the option that best corrects the following sentence:

Q. I am going to the office every day by bus.

Solution:

The given sentence is grammatically incorrect because we use 'am going' when we are going somewhere in the present and not for an activity performed on a regular basis.
From the options given, option A) is incorrect because 'were' is used for plural nouns/pronouns but here the pronoun is singular, 'I'. Option B) 'will have gone' is incorrect because it is in the future perfect tense. Options C and D are both correct. Option C has 'go to' which is the right tense (simple present) to use for habits or events that take place on a regular basis. Option D is not grammatically correct, it should be 'I have been going to the office. . .'. Therefore, option C is the correct answer.

QUESTION: 10

A sentence can be formed when A, B, C, and D are put in an order.

Q. Identify the part which has an error.

Solution:

The correct sentence would be " when the young boy was accused of stealing he started to cry." After accused we put the preposition 'of' followed by a verbal noun or gerund. So, instead of 'to steal' it would be 'of stealing'. 'Stealing' is a gerund here, because it is the 'ing' form of the verb 'steal' and functions as a noun. 

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