T031-English Tenses

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in the correct tenses of the verbs given, 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!

  1. This is my house. How long ( you, live) here ? I ( live) here since 1950.
  2. Shakespeare ( write) a lot of plays.
  3. My brother ( write) several plays. He ( just finish) his second tragedy.
  4. I ( not see) him for three years. I wonder where he is.
  5. He ( not smoke) for two weeks. He (try) to give it up.
  6. Chopin ( compose) some of his music in Majorca.
  7. I ( read) his books when I was at school. I ( enjoy) them very much.
  8. I can't go out because I ( not finish) my work yet.
  9. The clock is slow. It isn't slow, it ( stop).
  10. Here are your shoes. I ( just clean) them.


  1. I ( do) this sort of work when I ( be) in the army.
  2. He ( go) out ten minutes ago.
  3. ( you have) breakfast yet ? Yes,I ( have) it at 8 o'clock.
  4. The play ( just begin) . You're a bit late.
  5. The actors ( arrive) yesterday and ( start) rehearsals early this morning.
  6. It ( be) very cold this year. I wonder when it will get warmer.
  7. He ( break) his leg in a skiing accident last year.
  8. Mr. Pound is a bank manager. He ( be) here for 25 years.
  9. ( you be) here before ? Yes, I ( spend) my holidays here last year. ( you have ) a good time ? No it never ( stop) raining.
  10. ( you ever try) to give up smoking ? Yes, I ( try) last year, but I ( find) that I was getting so fat so I ( start) again.
  11. ( you, get) that scar ? I ( get) it in a car accident a year ago.