Verbs Exercise (188)

Choose the answer that best completes the blank in each of the following sentences.

  • I never ________ you that I got the job; I only said that I hoped to get it.

  • I ________ to Six Flags until my grandmother took me there last summer.

  • By the time I’m 75, I ________ a million dollars.

  • I want ________ my hand at freelance writing.

  • For heaven’s sake, Mitzi, you ________ at the computer all day, trying to write that post. You should really take a break now.

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.

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