Verbs Exercise (188)
Choose the answer that best completes the blank in each of the following sentences.
Answers and Explanations
1. I never told you that I got the job; I only said that I hoped to get it.
Both verbs are in the simple past as both actions occurred at an indefinite time in the past .
2. I had never been to Six Flags until my grandmother took me there last summer.
Past perfect is required because the first action occurred before a later action.
3. By the time I’m 75, I will have made a million dollars.
Future perfect is required because the action of earning a million dollars has begun and is anticipated to have been completed at a certain time in the future.
4. I want to try my hand at freelance writing.
The main verb is "want"; the infinitive "to try" is its object.
5. For heaven’s sake, Mitzi, you have been sitting at the computer all day, trying to write that post. You should really take a break now.
The present perfect is called for because the action started at some time in the past and is still going on.