Tense Overview – Exercise

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Exercises

What a Language Course Can Do

Complete the text using the verb in brackets in the correct tense.

  1. I (learn)  English for seven years now.action that began in the past and lasts until the present time (incomplete action) → present perfect progressive
  2. But last year I (not/work)  hard enough in English and my marks (not / be)  very good.single or repeated action in the past → simple past
  3. As I (want)  to pass my English exam successfully next year, I (study)  harder this term.1: current wish → simple present|2: first option: intention regarding the future → future I (going to)|second option: action that began in the past and lasts until the present time (incomplete action) → present perfect progressive
  4. During my last summer holidays, my parents (send)  me to a language course in London.single completed action in the past → simple past
  5. It (be)  great and I (think)  I (learn)  a lot.1: single completed action in the past → simple past|2: general validity → simple present|3: completed action in the past → simple past (this sentence relates to the previous sentence where time is defined as last summer, because of this time reference the present perfect is not possible here)
  6. Before I (go)  to London, I (not/enjoy)  learning English.1: past action → simple past|2: action took place before a certain time in the past → past perfect simple (simple past also possible, a series of past events)
  7. But while I (do)  the language course, I (meet)  lots of young people from all over the world.1: action in progress in the past, background action → past progressive|2: new action interrupting an action already in progress → simple past
  8. I (notice)  how important it (be)  to speak foreign languages nowadays.1: single completed action in the past → simple past|2: general statement in the present (signal word: nowadays) → simple present
  9. Now I (have)  much more fun learning English.situation in the present → simple present or action in progress at moment of speaking (signal word: now) → present progressive
  10. At the moment I (revise)  English grammar.action in progress at moment of speaking (signal word: at the moment) → present progressive
  11. And I (begin/already)  to read the texts in my English textbooks again.recently completed action (signal word: already) → present perfect simple
  12. I (think)  I (do)  one unit every week.1:general validity (verb of thought) → simple present|2: future prediction (signal word: think) → future simple (will)
  13. My exam (be)  on 15 May, so there (not/be)  any time to lose.1: confirmed future actions (time table, schedule) → simple present|2: fact/general validity → simple present
  14. If I (pass)  my exams successfully, I (start)  an apprenticeship in September.first conditional: if + simple present; will + infinitive
  15. Maybe I (go)  back to London for a while when I finish my apprenticeship.future prediction (signal word: maybe) → future simple (will)
  16. As you (see/can) , I (become)  a real fan of London already.1: modal verb in present → simple present|2: completed action with influence on present (I am a fan now; signal word: already) → present perfect simple