T042-English Tenses

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!

Fill in the correct form of the verb in ().

  1. How long driving? - I for over five years . (YOU DRIVE, DRIVE)
  2. When I school I my hair and it short ever since. (LEAVE, CUT, WEAR)
  3. When I through your books I noticed that you have a copy of Murder in the Cathedral. (LOOK)
  4. The plane that you at now off for Paris (LOOK, JUST TAKE)
  5. Tom and James a conversation. Please , don't disturb them !(HAVE)
  6. He the flowers when it to rain (WATER, START).
  7. here? - Yes, I my holidays here last year. Did you have a nice time? - No , it all the time. (YOU EVER BE, SPEND, RAIN)
  8. Jack his job last year and out of work since then (LOSE, BE)
  9. Your fingers are brown. You too much. (BE, SMOKE)
  10. What between 9 and 12 yesterday ? I the house. (YOU DO, CLEAN)
  11. Housewives to work very hard (HAVE).


  1. I began English at a secondary school. Then I it for a year and most of it. After that I two years in Cambridge and for the last six months I in London. (DROP, FORGET, SPEND, STUDY)
  2. Her boss up to her when she in. "You have been late every morning this week", he said (LOOK, COME, BE).
  3. In the evenings I often chess with my next door neighbour. I chess with him ever since I to live here ten years ago. He has been here all his life. He this house from his father, another great chess player (PLAY, PLAY, COME, INHERIT)
  4. If I a ghost I would try to frighten people (BE).
  5. I hope it when we leave church (NOT RAIN).
  6. Since you gave me your number I you four times. (PHONE)
  7. our president ? (YOU EVER MEET)
  8. John came in with a very dirty face and I wondered what he (DO).
  9. They in Liverpool for ten years when I first met them (LIVE).