Verbs Exercise (302)

Choose the verb that is correct in the context.

  • He ___ the horse to the water trough, but the animal refused to drink.

  • I don’t know how you always manage to ___ your keys.

  • The deposit of shale ____ above a layer of sandstone.

  • You are going to be in trouble! You know you’re not ______ to take the three-wheeler off the property.

  • The witness swore that he had never ____ the man before in his life.

Answers and Explanations

1. He led the horse to the water trough, but the animal refused to drink.

lead [LEED]: present tense of the verb "to lead."
led [LED]: past tense of the verb "to lead."

2. I don’t know how you always manage to lose your keys.

loose [LOOS]: present tense of verb "to loose" (to set free).
lose [LOOZ]: present tense of "to lose" (to cease to have).

3. The deposit of shale lies above a layer of sandstone.

lies [LIZE]: present tense of the verb "to lie" (to recline, to rest horizontally).
lays [LAZE]: present tense of the verb "to lay" (to place).

4. You are going to be in trouble! You know you’re not supposed to take the three-wheeler off the property.

suppose: present tense of the verb "to suppose."
supposed: past tense and past participle of the verb "to suppose." The expression "supposed to" is often written or spoken incorrectly as "suppose to."

5. The witness swore that he had never seen the man before in his life.

seen: past participle of the verb "to see."
saw: simple past tense of the verb "to see."

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