Mixed Tenses Advanced Level Test – Quiz (Online Exercise With Answers) 1

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Mixed Tenses Advanced Level Test – Quiz (Online Exercise With Answers) 1
Mixed Tenses Advanced Level Test – Quiz (Online Exercise With Answers) 1

Mixed Tenses Advanced Level Test - Quiz (Online Exercise With Answers) 1

This first gap fill test contains 25 multiple choice questions on the topic of mixed verb tenses (present-past-future) of English grammar. Both English learners and ESL teachers can use this online exercise as a revision to check the knowledge of English tenses.
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    • Hello Lidia! Thanks a lot for your comment. If you can write the numbers of the questions you need explanation for, I can help you.

  1. Thanks, for once a test not too easy 🙂 – where I made a couple mistakes…
    A little one on your side imo is the spelling of “sometime” in question 4, which should be in two words and not one, in this particular usage (“some time ago”)… Or am I wrong ?

    • Hello Mike,
      After the phrase “by ten o’clock”, we had better use “past perfect tense”. Because it indicates that the action of repairing the engine was completed at some in the past before the action of visiting happened. And “would start” in the second part means “was going to start” or “was about to start”, but he hadn’t started when the action of visiting happened.

      “By ten o’clock he HAD REPAIRED the engine and he WOULD START/WAS GOING TO START/WAS ABOUT TO START to paint the garage when I paid a visit to him.”

      I hope this explanation suffices.

  2. It seems there is a mistake in sentence #2. I think it should be like this: While mum was watching the VCD I had hired, I finished my assignment.

    • Actually, it is not a mistake. We do not have to use “past perfect tense” in that clause to show the order of the actions. Because it is obvious that first I bought the VCD, and then mum started to watch it. So, both sentences below are correct.
      1) While mum was watching the VCD I had hired, I finished my assignment.
      2) While mum was watching the VCD I hired, I finished my assignment.

    • In the 7th question, the phrase “by the time” indicates which tense combinations should be used. Look at the rules below.
      1- For future actions: BY THE TIME + Simple Present Tense, Future Perfect Tense
      2- For past actions: BY THE TIME + Simple Past Tense, Past Perfect Tense
      And that is why future perfect tense is used in the 7th question.

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