Sequence of tenses: grammar exercise

April 2, 2013pdf

Complete the following sentences using an appropriate form of the verb.

1. Suddenly she gave a loud scream and ………………………… to the ground. (fell / had fallen / has fallen)

2. After questioning he …………………………… to go home. (allowed / was allowed / had allowed)

3. They would have won if they ……………………………. a bit harder. (played / had played / play)

4. She …………………….. to say that she disagreed. (heard / was heard / had heard)

5. Although they …………………………. defeated, they did not lose heart. (were / are / have been)

6. Our teacher taught us that virtue …………………………. its own reward. (is / are / will be)

7. The teacher asked the boys whether they …………………………. the problems. (had solved / have solved / will solve)

8. He declared that he would not believe it even if he ………………………… it with his own eyes. (see / saw / would see)

9. The room ………………………… but the police failed to find anything suspicious. (searched / was searched / had searched)

10. The government has announced that taxes …………………………….. (would be raised / will be raised / will raise)

Answers

1. 1. Suddenly she gave a loud scream and fell to the ground.

2. After questioning he was allowed to go home.

3. They would have won if they had played a bit harder.

4. She was heard to say that she disagreed.

5. Although they were defeated, they did not lose heart.

6. Our teacher taught us that virtue is its own reward.

7. The teacher asked the boys whether they had solved the problems.

8. He declared that he would not believe it even if he saw it with his own eyes.

9. The room was searched but the police failed to find anything suspicious.

10. The government has announced that taxes will be raised.

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