Verb Tense Exercise (333)

Replace the verb indicated in parentheses with its correct form (remove the parentheses as well before submitting your answers).

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Where we lay, all the chimneys were (blow) down.
Correct : Where we lay, all the chimneys were blown down.

The forms of blow: blow, blew, (have) blown. The past participle form blown is also used with forms of the verb to be to form the passive.

2.
Original: I wept and kissed her pale, pale cheek, then rushed to wreak my vengeance on the foe, while soft winds (shake) the barley.
Correct : I wept and kissed her pale, pale cheek, then rushed to wreak my vengeance on the foe, while soft winds shook the barley.

The forms of shake: shake, shook, (have) shaken.

3.
Original: The pilot leapt from his burning plane, (dive) into the sea, and was killed.
Correct : The pilot leapt from his burning plane, dived into the sea, and was killed.

The forms of dive are dive, dived, (have) dived. The form dove [with a long o sound] is often heard, but it is considered to be a dialect form of fairly recent origin.

4.
Original: This is the third time that wretched dog has (run) away.
Correct : This is the third time that wretched dog has run away.

The forms of run are run, ran, (have) run.

5.
Original: The detective studied the crime scene. "Clearly the body was (drag) from the murder scene and hidden in the brush over there."
Correct : The detective studied the crime scene. "Clearly the body was dragged from the murder scene and hidden in the brush over there."

The nonstandard form drug as the past of drag is frequently heard on television. This example is based on a line spoken by an actor portraying a police detective. One would think that police detectives and FBI agents would be better educated.

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