17 English Tenses Exercises

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I’ve been asked a few times recently about exercises to go with The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide – a book I always intended to produce a companion exercise book for. There’s no exercise book yet, but I do have 17 exercises to offer right now.

When I first released The English Tenses, I started creating accompanying exercises for it, many of which are already available on this website. Check out the list below – and if you like them, I’m pleased to announce that I’m focusing on completing the book now. I’ve drawn up a plan and got through perhaps 15% of the writing already – right now there will be a minimum of 90 exercises. Continue reading

Mixed grammar words exercise

grammar wordsHaving looked at the bare infinitive, past participles and present participles individually, with a variety of exercises to test understanding, this exercise will now combine the knowledge of those three different grammar words. It should be possible to identify, from the pattern of different tense forms, which of the three words is necessary to complete a sentence. Practise below!

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Identifying the bare infinitive – exercise

identifying the bare infinitive exerciseUnderstanding what the bare infinitive is, how we use and when we use it is a very important building block for effective English grammar skills. My article on the bare infinitive (from The English Tenses Practical Grammar Guide) should give a solid understanding of how the bare infinitive works as a grammar word. But how can you practice that understanding? The following is a quick exercise to test if you can see when the bare infinitive is used. Answers are given below. Continue reading

What is a bare infinitive?

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As part of the introduction to the grammar guide The English Tenses, I explain important words that are required to understand English grammar – including participles and infinitives. The following is a full explanation of what we mean when we say the bare infinitive, and how you can commonly recognise and use it.

To understand what the infinitive form of a verb is, it is important to understand its root. The noun infinity, and the adjective infinite mean something that is never ending. The infinitive is also something that never ends, it always keeps its form. It is a verb form, preceded by the word to, which never changes, regardless of how it is used in a sentence.

  •       to read – I like to read. / He did not want to read.
  •       to buy – I am trying to buy a book. / She had been hoping to buy it too.
  •       to walk – We ought to walk in the hills.

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