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Past Tense Quiz Details

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Tense Error Questions Competitive Exams – Past Tense

Time to test your knowledge about Past Tense. Choose the best option.

Choose the best option from the three options given below:

1.

a. We met our Math teacher yesterday.

b. We had met our Math teacher yesterday.

c. We have met our Math teacher yesterday.

The correct answer is a. Option is a single completed action in the past. It is Simple Past Tense.

Option b is past participle. Past Participle is used to show an action that took place before another action or a specific point of time. So, option b cannot be the answer.

Option c cannot be the answer because it is mentioned that the action was completed yesterday. So option c cannot be the answer.

2.

a. Sam used to read newspaper every morning.

b. Sam was reading newspaper every morning.

c. Sam was always reading newspaper every morning.

The correct answer is a as it is a habitual action.

A habitual action needs to be in the simple form. In this case, it is the first option, Simple Past tense.

3.

a. He went to Dubai for good.

b. He went to Dubai for ever.

c. He has gone to Dubai for ever.

Both options and b are correct. But, it is polite or more sophisticated way to say option a. Hence, option a is correct.

4.

a. While he was riding the bike, street lights went out.

b. When he rode the bike, street lights went out.

c. While he was riding the bike, street lights had gone out.

In the above sentences, there are two actions given. When we talk about before and after an action that took place, we use Past Continuous tense, which is option a.

5.

a. Aesop’s fables have good moral at the end of each story.

b. Aesop’s fables is having good moral at the end of each story.

c. Aesop’s fables are having good moral at the end of each story.

Option a is Perfect Present tense and is the correct option.

Perfect Present tense is used to show an action that started in the past but it continuing in the present.

Options and c are incorrect as most of the times, having means eating. It is a good practice not to use having in your sentences.

6.

a. I went out in the afternoon, it was very sunny. So, I was standing under a tree.

b. When I went out in the afternoon, it was very sunny. So, I am standing under a tree.

c. When I went out in the afternoon, it was very sunny. So, I stand under a tree.

Among the three sentences, and c are incorrect sentences. The first part clearly states that the action happened in the past tense (went), hence in option b and c the usage of standing and stand (present tense) is incorrect.

7.

a. She was a bully in the school. But we don’t hate her for that.

b. She used to bully us in the school. But we are not hating her for that.

c. She was a bully in the school. But we are not hating her for that.

Hate is a static verb and it is incorrect to use it in continuous form. Hence, options and c are incorrect.

8.

a. The children had been playing on the playground until the football players came.

b. The children played on the playground until the football players came.

c. The children were playing on the playground until the football players came.

Option is correct. It means, that the children stopped playing after the football players came. An action in progress came to a halt due to another action that happened in the past. In such cases, we use past perfect continuous tense.

9.

John is having breakfast now.

John has breakfast now.

John is eating breakfast now.

As mentioned earlier, having means eating. Hence the best option is a.

10.

a. I had left for Mumbai last night before my friends came.

b. I had left for Mumbai last night.

c. I had been leaving for Mumbai last night before my friends came.

Past perfect tense is used to show when one action completed before the other action started. So, option a is correct.

Option is incomplete.

11.

a. Why were you not answering my phone calls?

b. Why were you not picking up my phone calls?

c. Why was you not answering my phone?

Most of us have the habit of saying pick up phone call, it is a better habit to say answer the phone call instead. Hence, option a is correct.

12.

a. Jim had been reading the book when he smelled pizza.

b. Jim was reading the book when he smelled pizza.

c. Jim has reading the book when he smelled pizza.

Past Perfect Continuous is used to show an action in progress came to a halt after another action took place. Hence, option a is correct.

13.

a. I scored full marks in English test.

b. I scored out of in English test.

c. I got out of in English test.

Option a is the correct answer. Although most of us use the options b and c, they are incorrect.

14.

a. Jim loved to play hockey until he broke his leg.

b. Jim had been loving to play hockey until he broke his leg.

c. Jim has been loving to play hockey until he broke his leg.

Option a is correct. As there was no action in progress. options b and c are incorrect.

15.

a. I came back from training three weeks ago.

b. I had come back from training three weeks ago.

c. I had been back from training three weeks ago.

Past Perfect is used when there are two actions. As there was only one action, option a is correct.

For detailed information on tenses, check my blog of tenses here.

 

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