Time expressions used with tenses

February 18, 2013pdf

Rewrite the following sentences using the words given in the brackets, in their correct forms.

Hints

The time expressions used in a sentence determines the tense form. To talk about something that was happening at a particular point of time in the past, we use the past continuous tense. To talk about quickly finished past events, we use the simple past tense. To talk about our habits we use the simple present tense.

Example

He (play) tennis [a) all day yesterday b) yesterday c) every day]

  • He was playing tennis all day yesterday.
  • He played tennis yesterday.
  • He plays tennis every day.

1. I (have) breakfast at 8 am [a) every day b) yesterday]

2. The dog (bark) [a) all night yesterday b) at the moment c) for hours last night]

3. I (read) the newspaper [a) every morning b) at the moment]

4. He (teach) me English [a) for three hours on last Sunday b) at the moment c) every day]

5. He (cut) the grass [a) every week b) all yesterday morning c) last week]

Answers

1. I have breakfast at 8 am every day. / I had breakfast at 8 am yesterday.

2. The dog was barking all night yesterday. / The dog is barking at the moment. / The dog barked for hours last night.

3. I read the newspaper every morning. / I am reading the newspaper at the moment.

4. He taught me English for three hours on last Sunday. / He is teaching me English at the moment. / He teaches me English every day.

5. He cuts the grass every week. / He was cutting the grass all yesterday morning. / He cut the grass last week.

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