Verbs Exercise (308)

Choose the verb form that fits the context in the following sentences.

  • The doctor ____ before the child fell from the tree.

  • If he ______ pushed the button on time, I would be dead.

  • He _____ his doubts even before she revealed her dishonesty.

  • As soon as they arrive, I ______ them in the driveway.

  • At the time of the explosion, I _____ in the library.

Answers and Explanations

1. The doctor had gone before the child fell from the tree.

The past participle describes an action that took place earlier than another action in the past.

2. If he had not pushed the button on time, I would be dead.

Using would in both clauses is incorrect. The past perfect is used in the if clause.

3. He had had his doubts even before she revealed her dishonesty.

When a sentence is written in the past perfect tense with had as the main, writers often lessen the impact by writing the first had in a contraction: "He’d had doubts even before she revealed her dishonesty."

4. As soon as they arrive, I will greet them in the driveway.

The future tense indicates an action that has not yet happened. The phrase "as soon as" indicates that the action of greeting has not yet taken place.

5. At the time of the explosion, I was sitting in the library.

The past continuous describes an action that took place at the same time as something else happened in the past.

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