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The Present Tenses, The Past Tenses, The Simple Future Tense, The Future Continuous Tense, The Future Perfect Tense: Review Exercise

Instruction: Put the verb in brackets in the correct form.

1. I have a neighbor, a girl.¬† She (be) … ten years old. Her name (be) … Tata. She (like) … to watch cartoons on TV. She (watch) … the program every evening before she (study) … .

2. Right now Tata (sit) … in the living room. She (watch) … TV. She (sit) … there for an hour.

3. An hour ago Tata (have) …¬† dinner with Mom. While they (have) … dinner, the telephone (ring) … .

4. Last night Tata (study) … harder than usual. She (start) … at 7:00 PM. She (stop) … at 9:30 PM. She (go) … to bed at 10:00 PM. Before she (go) … to bed, she (brush) … her teeth.

5. Yesterday, Tata (go) … out with a girl of her age named Nana. She (not, forget) … to lock the door. She (lock) … the door before she (go) … out with Nana.

6. Tata (go) … to Nana’s house yesterday. She (ride) … her tricycle. When she (get) … there, she (already, go) … out.

7. Tomorrow morning Tata (have) … an English test. The test (start) … at 7:30 AM. She (go) … to school by car so that she (not, be) … late.

8. I (visit) … Tata tomorrow evening. I’m sure when I (get) … to her house, she (read) … a comic book. She (like) … reading stories very much.

9. Tata and her younger sister (study) … together tonight. Tata (start) … at 7:00 PM. Her sister (start) … at 8:00 PM. That means when her sister (start) … studying, Tata (study) … for an hour.

10. Tata (be) … busy tomorrow. She (clean) … up the house. She (start) … at 8:00 AM. I hope she (finish) … doing everything before 10:00 AM.

11. Now I (be) … at Tata’s house. I (wait) … for her to come out. I (wait) … for fifteen minutes.

12. I (have) … a math class this morning. I (not, see) … Tata. After class, I (go) … over to her house. When I (get) … there, she (feed) … the dogs. She (tell) … me that she (forget) … she (have) … a math class.

13. Next Saturday is Tata’s birthday. Her Mom (throw) … a party for her. All her classmates (come) … . I (go) … , too. I (give) … her a story book for the birthday present.

14. Yesterday, Tata (be) … sick. I (want) … to call the doctor. But he (come) … before I (call) … him.

15. Tata and her family (move) … to this town a year ago. So, they (live) … here for a year. Next year, they (live) … here for two years.

The Simple Future Tense

There are three different ways to express future events: WILL, BE GOING TO, and the present continuous tense, each of which expresses a different meaning.

WILL vs BE GOING TO for future intentions

You can use WILL and BE GOING TO to talk about things that you want to do in the future. However, the meanings are different. WILL expresses spontaneous offers, promises, and decisions. That means your decision, promise, or offer to do something is made at the time of speaking. BE GOING TO expresses offers, promises, or decisions that have been made before the time of speaking.


Don’t worry. I will take you home.

You say this to a friend who seems to have no means of transport for him or her to go home after a party.

I’m sorry I can’t go with you tomorrow. I am going to take my parents to the railway station.

You can’t go because you have already decided¬† to take your parents to the railway station before the time of speaking. Your intention has been decided before your friend asks you to come with him or her.

WILL vs BE GOING TO for future predictions

WILL expresses predictions that are based on personal judgement or opinion. There is no evidence or sign that you can use to make predictions. BE GOING TO expresses predictions that are based on signs or evidence you see that makes you sure things are going to happen in the future.


I’m sure you will have a good time in Chicago. (Your prediction is based on your own opinion)

Dark clouds are hanging over the city. It is going to rain soon. (You say this because you see present evidence or sign – the dark clouds)


BE GOING TO expresses future intentions that have been decided but not fixed. THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS is used to express fixed future plans. Compare these two sentences and see the difference in meaning.

My parents are going to visit me. (it has been decided that your parents are going to visit you, but they have not bought any plane tickets yet)

My parents are visiting me next week. (Your parents’ plan to visit is fixed. They have arranged everything for this visit)

Now let’s take a look at the following three sentences:

I WILL return the book to the library now. (your decision to return the book is spontaneously made at the time of speaking. Perhaps, you are not aware that today is the deadline. Somebody has just reminded you).

I AM GOING TO return the book to the library soon. (you already have a plan to return the book and you have made this decision before the time of speaking)

I AM RETURNING the book to the library tomorrow. (you have a fixed plan to return the book, and you have arranged everything, including when and how you are returning it)