Tense Exercise (748)

In each of the following sentences, correct the tense form of a verb if needed; one or more sentences may be correct.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Knowing the layout of the room by heart, he had already blew out the candle.
Correct : Knowing the layout of the room by heart, he had already blown out the candle.

This sentence describes an action that took place in the past before another past action, so the past perfect form, "blown," is required.

2.
Original: Have you chose the one you’d like to buy?
Correct : Have you chosen the one you’d like to buy?

"Chosen," the present perfect tense of "chose," represents, among other things, action that stopped recently.

3.
Original: When she had spoken with him last time, there was nothing suspicious in his manner.
Correct : When she had spoken with him last time, there was nothing suspicious in his manner.

This sentence, in the past perfect tense, is correct.

4.
Original: We knew we had been beaten fair and square.
Correct : We knew we had been beaten fair and square.

"Beat" is sometimes used colloquially in this kind of usage, but the verb should be in the past perfect form, so "beaten" is correct.

5.
Original: I had forgot about it, so I had no one to blame but myself.
Correct : I had forgotten about it, so I had no one to blame but myself.

This sentence requires "forgotten," the past perfect form of "forget."

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