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The Past Perfect Continuous Tense

By | March 10, 2015

The Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used to describe: 1. something that started at some point in the past, continued for a period of time up to a certain point in the past, and was still in progress when another action took place. Examples: a. I had been living in Chicago for three years when all my families… Read More »

The Past Perfect Tense vs The Simple Past Tense: Exercise

By | March 6, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the past perfect tense or the simple past tense. 1. Last night Maria (read) … a very good novel. 2. I (read) … the novel before she (read) … it last night. 3. A burglar (steal) … my bike last night. 4. I am sure that the burglar (plan) … to steal… Read More »

The Past Perfect Tense

By | February 28, 2015

The past perfect tense is used to describe: 1. an action that began and finished before another action in the past. Examples: a. The people had already evacuated before the category five tornado struck the city. b. When we arrived at his house, he was not there. He had already left. c. I missed the lesson. When I… Read More »

The Simple Past Tense: Exercise 1

By | February 14, 2015

Instruction: Put each of the following sentences into the simple past tense. After that, make the sentence into an interrogative and negative one. Use ‘yesterday’ as the time signal. Example: Maria is budy today. a. Maria was busy yesterday. b. Was Maria busy yesterday? c. Maria was not busy yesterday. 1. Lisa is happy today. 2. The room… Read More »

The Simple Present Tense, The Present Continuous Tense, The Present Perfect Tense, The Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Review Exercise 1

By | February 8, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the simple present tense, the present continuous tense, the present perfect tense, or the present perfect continuous tense. 1. Ana has a lot of friends, and she likes to write to them. She (write) … two letters a week. Right now she (write) … a letter to a friend living in Jakarta.… Read More »

The Present Perfect Continuous Tense vs The Present Perfect Tense: Exercise

By | February 7, 2015

Instruction: Decide whether you should use the present perfect continuous tense or the present perfect tense. 1. A: You (work) … for over five hours. Why don’t you stop and take a rest. B: I (not, finish) … yet. 2. A: Do you like collecting stamps? B: Yes, I do. I (collect) … stamps since I was a… Read More »

The Present Continuous Tense

By | November 29, 2014

The present continuous tense is also called the present progressive tense.  This tense is used to talk about: 1. things that are happening at the moment of speaking. This means something is happening exactly at the time when somebody is speaking about it. So, when you say,”My mother is frying a fish in the kitchen,” that means,the action… Read More »