T038-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. A few days ago John down and cut his knee (FALL).
  2. Last Tuesday he a letter from the police (RECEIVE).
  3. They went home after they their homework (FINISH).
  4. While I my mother the meal for us (SLEEP, PREPARE)
  5. The police told him that someone his bicycle while he for it (FIND, LOOK).
  6. When I out shopping yesterday I a stranger in the garden near the gate. (GO, NOTICE)
  7. We usually our holidays in a small cottage near the sea (SPEND).
  8. Who to? I think he to his sister who in Australia for over twenty years. (HE WRITE, WRITE, LIVE)
  9. The postman for work two hours ago. (LEAVE)
  10. They cards all night yesterday (PLAY).


  1. After she the news she rushed to see him (HEAR).
  2. You can't see Tim now. He a bath (HAVE).
  3. My brother me. (JUST PHONE)
  4. I won't go out now because it and I an umbrella (RAIN, NOT HAVE)
  5. Who to on the phone ? - Oh , it's my Facebook friend from Ireland. (SPEAK)
  6. What ? - He works at the Bank of England. (YOUR DAD, DO)
  7. with us or do you want to stay at home ? (YOU COME)
  8. A cold wind around this area for the last two months (BLOW).
  9. I him many times this week but we with our work yet (MEET, NOT FINISH)
  10. George when you were in Paris last week ? (YOU MEET).