Tense Agreement Exercises

Place the correct shape of the cover in parentheses in the space following the topics. Find and highlight themes and verbs in the paragraph below. The verbs should all be present. Correct issues with subject-verb compliance. An important rule is that in the present tense, subjects and verbs must match in number. This means that, depending on the subject, the verb has either an s at the end or no. Here`s a simple formula: Check the following sentences for confusing changes in the temporal form. If the temporal form of each underlined verb accurately expresses the temporal relationship, write S (satisfactory). If a change in temporal form is not appropriate, write U (unsatisfactory) and make the necessary changes. In most cases, with inappropriate lag, there is more than one way to correct the inconsistency. If you read the sentences aloud, you can see time differences. ___ 4.

When the negotiations began, many pessimists expressed doubts about it. ___ 7. The moderator asks questions as soon as the spokesperson is ready. ___ 10. Scientists predict that the sun will die in the distant future. Subject (+S) + Verb (No S) Plural a at the end (is plural) No S at the endI/Du/We (you have, are) (were = only the past plural) Example: (sing.) (sing.) (Plural) (Plural) Deborah Tannen (says) that women and men (speak) differently. 2. When I lived in the United States, I always eat valuee=”eat”> dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. ___ 11. The boy insisted on paying for the candy bars.

4. I save > notes and scanvalue=”scan” > scanned transcripts in the student center. ___ 1. If the club limits its membership, it must increase its membership fees. 3. I govalue=”go”>went at the gym and I trained outvalue=”workout” > train every Saturday. ___ 6. I was terribly disappointed with my grade because I learned very hard.

___ 3. Thousands of people will see the art exhibition when it is closed. 5. I`ve always observed watchvalue=”watch”> the pierrafes, and my favorite character warvalue=”was”>isFred. ___ 12. The doctor offered bed rest for the patient suffering from a severe cold. ___ 2. When Barbara put on her contact lenses, the phone rang. Subject (No S) + Verb (+ S)Singular No s at the end (is not plural) Always ends on SHe/She/It (is, has) (was = only past singular) ___ 5. After visiting Alaska on his third voyage, Captain James Cook was killed by Hawaiian islets in 1779.

Harry wants to show his friends the pictures he took last summer. Dr. Miller states in his article that men and women are emotionally and physically different. She thinks men avoid emotional problems, but women are more compassionate and sensitive. Miller was concerned that the two sexes are different. They act and think differently from the possibilities of communication. Women tend to look at problems in different ways, but men only look at problems objectively. I know this point is quite true in the United States, because the husband always talks about sports, while the wife wants to talk about relationships and feelings. Men usually make a lot of jokes and they like to talk in public, but women are much more serious and they almost never speak in public….

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