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Verb Tense Exercise 5

Simple Past / Present Perfect


Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate
tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
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1. ! "id you like the mo#ie "$tar %ars&"
'! ( don)t know. ( *see, ne#er+ that mo#ie.
,. $am *arri#e+ in $an "iego a week ago.
-. .y best friend and ( *know+ each other for o#er fifteen years. %e still
get together once a week.
/. $tinson is a fantastic writer. 0e *write+ ten #ery creati#e short stories
in the last year. 1ne day, he)ll be as famous as 0emingway.
2. ( *ha#e, not+ this much fun since ( *be+ a kid.
3. Things *change+ a great deal at Coltech, (nc. %hen we first
*start+ working here three years ago, the company *ha#e,
only+ six employees. $ince then, we *expand+ to include
more than ,444 full5time workers.
6. ( *tell+ him to stay on the path while he was hiking, but he
*wander+ off into the forest and *be+ bitten by a snake.
7. 8isten "onna, ( don)t care if you *miss+ the bus this morning. 9ou
*be+ late to work too many times. 9ou are fired:
;. $am is from Colorado, which is hundreds of miles from the coast, so he *see,
ne#er+ the ocean. 0e should come with us to .iami.
14. 0ow sad: <eorge *dream+ of going to California before he died, but
he didn)t make it. 0e *see, ne#er+ the ocean.
11. (n the last hundred years, tra#eling *become+ much easier and #ery
comfortable. (n the 1;th century, it *take+ two or three months to cross
=orth merica by co#ered wagon. The trip *be+ #ery rough and often
dangerous. Things *change+ a great deal in the last hundred and fifty
years. =ow you can fly from =ew 9ork to 8os ngeles in a matter of hours.
1,. >onny, ( can)t belie#e how much you *change+ since the last time (
*see+ you. 9ou *grow+ at least a foot:
1-. This tree *be+ planted by the settlers who *found+ our
city o#er four hundred years ago.
1/. This mountain *be, ne#er+ climbed by anyone. $e#eral
mountaineers *try+ to reach the top, but nobody *succeed,
e#er+ . The climb is extremely difficult and many people
*die+ trying to reach the summit.
12. ( *#isit, ne#er+ frica, but ( *tra#el+ to $outh merica
se#eral times. The last time ( *go+ to $outh merica, ( *#isit+
'ra?il and @eru. ( *spend+ two weeks in the ma?on, *hike+
for a week near .achu @icchu, and *fly+ o#er the =a?ca 8ines.
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Verb Tense Exercise 6
Simple Past / Present Perfect
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate
tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
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$ince computers were first introduced to the public in the early 1;74)s, technology
*change+ a great deal. The first computers *be+ simple
machines designed for basic tasks. They *ha#e, not+ much memory and
they *be, not+ #ery powerful. Aarly computers were often Buite
expensi#e and customers often *pay+ thousands of dollars for machines
which actually *do+ #ery little. .ost computers *be+
separate, indi#idual machines used mostly as expensi#e typewriters or for playing
games.
Times *change+ . Computers *become+ powerful machines
with #ery practical applications. @rogrammers *create+ a large selection
of useful programs which do e#erything from teaching foreign languages to
bookkeeping. %e are still playing #ideo games, but today)s games
*become+ faster, more exciting interacti#e ad#entures. .any computer
users *get, also+ on the (nternet and *begin+
communicating with other computer users around the world. %e *start+
to create international communities online. (n short, the simple, indi#idual machines
of the past *e#ol#e+ into an international %orld %ide %eb of knowledge.
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Verb Tense Exercise 7
Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate
tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
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Robin: ( think the waiter *forget+ us. %e *wait+ here for
o#er half an hour and nobody *take+ our order yet.
Michele: ( think you)re right. 0e *walk+ by us at least twenty times. 0e
probably thinks we *order, already+ .
Robin: 8ook at that couple o#er there, they *be, only+ here for fi#e or
ten minutes and they already ha#e their food.
Michele: 0e must reali?e we *order, not+ yet: %e *sit+
here for o#er half an hour staring at him.
Robin: ( don)t know if he *notice, e#en+ us. 0e *run+
from table to table taking orders and ser#ing food.
Michele: That)s true, and he *look, not+ in our direction once.
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Verb Tense Exercise
Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous
Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate
tenses, then click the "Check" button to check your answers.
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1. >udy! 0ow long *be+ in Canada&
Claude! ( *study+ here for more than three years.
,. ( *ha#e+ the same car for more than ten years. ()m thinking about
buying a new one.
-. ( *lo#e+ chocolate since ( was a child. 9ou might e#en call me a
"chocoholic."
/. .att and $arah *ha#e+ some difficulties in their relationship lately,
so they *go+ to a marriage counselor. ( hope they work e#erything out.
2. >ohn *work+ for the go#ernment since he graduated from 0ar#ard
Uni#ersity. Until recently, he *enCoy+ his work, but now he is talking
about retiring.
3. 8ately, ( *think+ about changing my career because (
*become+ dissatisfied with the conditions at my company.
6. ( *see+ >udy for more than fi#e years and during that time (
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