Do You Know All 12 English Tenses?

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English is full of interesting ways to express yourself, however there are some steadfast rules we must follow if we want everyone to understand and appreciate what we say.

Tenses are an important part of language, as they help people relate to what you’re saying and also assign logical sense to it. Do you have a firm grasp of the English tenses? Let’s find out!

The train to Chicago _____ in an hour; you had better hurry up!
Left
Leaves
Has been leaving

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Taylor _____ at the moment, but she'll be sure to call you back later.
Is eating
Eats
Will eat

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Did you _____ the flour and then _____ in the milk?
Have added, poured
Add, poured
Add, pour

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When I arrived, Julie _____ a book.
Was reading
Had been read
Has been reading

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I _____ that movie a hundred times.
Have seen
See
Have been seeing

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His mom is exhausted; he _____ her crazy since he was born.
Has been driving
Has driving
Had been driving

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I didn't eat much at lunch because I _____ a lot at breakfast.
Had eaten
Would have eaten
Was eating

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You _____ waiting for more than an hour when she arrived.
Will be
Will have been
Had been

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The girl scouts _____ cookies tomorrow, so you had better bring some cash!
Will have sold
Will have been selling
Are going to sell

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Just wait and see! By Thanksgiving morning at 9:00, grandma ____ dinner.
Will be cooking
Will had been cooking
Has been cooking

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If I were you, I _____ myself a pat on the back.
Will give
Would give
Give

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The bus was late. The passengers were upset because they _____ for twenty minutes.
Have been waiting
Are waiting
Were waiting
Had been waiting

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The noodles should be ready; they_____ for at least ten minutes.
Have been boiling
Boiling
Are boiling
Were boiling

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If he_____ with his girlfriend, he_____ now.
Didn't break up/Wouldn't be sad
Hadn't broken up/Wouldn't be sad
Wouldn't have broken up/Will be sad

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They_____ together for 3 years when they decided to get engaged.
Had been
Were
Have been

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If you had never taken this quiz, you _____ how good you are at English grammar!
Would not have known
Will not have known
Will not know

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