English verb tenses: online exercises
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In the online sections you will find a number of English tenses exercises with answers covering all verb tenses. You can compare them in sentences based on everyday situations or practice negatives and questions.
You will also find here a lot of free English exercises and grammar rules on various verb forms used in sentence structures.
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Printable grammar rules in pdf
You can study all the English grammar rules with examples online, but they are also available on the following pages in pdf and you can download them for free and print them easily.
Below you will see just a few examples of sentences with typical signal words or in typical contexts which can help you use the grammatical forms correctly.
I often go to school by bike. He travels by train every day.
We do not (don't) get up early on Sundays. He does not (doesn't) work at weekends.
Do you usually get up early? Does he work again?
I am (I'm) going to school at the moment. He is (he's) travelling by train now. We are (we're) just getting up.
I am not (I'm not) listening to you right now. He is not (isn't) working this weekend.
Are you just getting up? Is he working these days?
Going to, present simple and continuous for future
I've bought a blue hairspray because I am going to change my image. Put the knife down! What are you going to do? Oh, no! Look. He is going to break it!
We are leaving soon. He is coming back next week.
The express train arrives at 8.45. The school year starts on 1 September.
Modal verbs can, may, must
I can cook very well. He is all right now, he can go out. It can't be true. Can I take a message?
I need to send an email, may I use your laptop? They may come tonight, I suppose. Children under 18 may not drink alcohol.
I must watch the film again, it's great! You must try this cake, it's delicious. She must be younger than me, she looks so good.
I went to school by bike last month. He travelled by train a couple of years ago.
We did not (didn't) get up early yesterday.
Did you work in Canada?
At 7.30 I was going to school. He was travelling by train between six and seven o'clock. We were just getting up when you called.
He was not (wasn't) working at that moment.
Were you working at noon yesterday?
I have (I've) never gone to school by bike. He has (he's) already travelled by train.
We have not (haven't) got up early on Sunday yet. He has not (hasn't) worked since last weekend.
How many times have you worked at weekends so far?
I have (I've) been going to school by bike since last week. He has (he's) been travelling by train for decades now.
We are so relaxed because we have not (haven't) been working all day.
How long have you been working on it?
My dad returned after I had (I'd) gone to school. When he was nine he had (he'd) already travelled by train on his own.
Because our mum did not wake us up we had not (hadn't) caught the train.
Had you ever worked before you graduated?
In 2011 I had (I'd) been going to school by bike for five years. When he bought the car he had (he'd) been travelling by train so long.
We were so relaxed because we had not (hadn't) been working all day.
How long had you been working before you graduated?
I think I will (I'll) go to school by bike after winter. He will (he'll) probably travel by train when he sells his car.
We will not (won't) get up early tomorrow, I suppose.
Will you work next weekend?
This time tomorrow I will (I'll) be going to school.He will (he'll) be travelling by train at 7.30.
In two years' time we will not (won't) be getting up early anymore.
Will you be working at noon tomorrow?
I will (I'll) have gone to school by 8 o'clock. He will (he'll) have travelled by train before he is nine.
At lunchtime we will not (won't) have started to work on it.
How much will you have worked on it before lunchtime?
At the end of this year I will (I'll) have been going to school for more than a year. When he arrives in Dallas he will (he'll) have been travelling by train all day.
At lunchtime we will not (won't) have been working on it so long.
How long will you have been working on it at lunchtime?
The house is reconstructed. The house is being reconstructed these days.
The garage was built last year. The garage was being built when we were there.
The picture has just been painted. The picture had been painted before we went there.
The trees will be cut down soon. The trees will have been cut down by the end of this year.
The dinner would be finished in time if they helped us. The dinner would have been finished in time if they had helped us.
Be quiet. Come here. Do not (don't) be afraid. Do not (don't) sit down.
Let me help you. Let him try it. Let us (let's) start. Let us (let's) not be foolish. Don't let's be foolish.
I would (I'd) go out, but I can't. He would not (wouldn't) be a teacher, but he has no choice. Would you say that it is true? Would she not (wouldn't she) accept it now?
I would (I'd) have gone out, but I couldn't. He would not (wouldn't) have been a teacher, but he had no choice. Would you have said that it was true? Would she not (wouldn't she) have accepted it at that time?
Gerunds and infinitives
You must close it. We needn't drink. He dared not come. We saw you climb there.
He decided to leave. We hoped to finish it. Did he seem to understand it? We set out to find it.
I consider changing my job. He enjoys working in the forest. They keep coming.
We are against killing animals. She gave up eating chocolate. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
I can't bear to listen/listening to him. It requires to be repainted/repainting. We'll start to rehearse/rehearsing again.
If I go to school, I always get up at seven.
If he does his best tomorrow, he'll be successful.
If I had more money, I would take a year off now. But I have no money at all.
If I had won the race, I would have been famous. But I didn't win.
I'll tell you when I receive the information.
As soon as you turn it off the picture will disappear.
Don't leave the room till (until) you tidy it up.
Whenever you feel lonely you can call me.
The woman who contacted you has cancelled the meeting. This is the pen which I needed. Are you the girl that cooks so well? Can you see the building that is on the hill?
I don't like films about people whose life stories are so sad.
I believe Stephen, who is my classmate. Mary, whom I met long ago, is seriously ill. Their car, which was round the corner, got stolen. Sam, whose dog is so big, is a little boy.
Direct and indirect object
They sent Kim a birthday card. Mrs. Jones made the visitors coffee and tea.
They sent a birthday card to Kim. Mrs Jones made coffee and tea to the visitors.
I've brought it for you. Can you write it to him? I'll translate it for them as soon as possible.
Do you know what Simon said? Can you remember what it was? I wonder if they will come.
He said he worked long hours. He said he wasn't sleeping.
He thought that Isabel had gone away. Jack replied that he had just been leaving.
She explained that she would stay at Oxford.
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