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
Having 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!
The present participle is a grammar word with many different uses. Some uses are very particular, and depend on its relationships with other verbs (such as following a verb with either an infinitive or +ing form). One of its most common, and most formulaic uses, is in the continuous tenses. Following the verb to be in various tenses, the present participle is generally used to show ongoing actions, fitting particular tense patterns. This exercise is designed to test understanding of when it is appropriate to use a present participle in a variety of different tenses. Continue reading
As with most areas of the English language, forming different tenses from verbs has some basic rules which can be frequently broken. With irregular verbs, there is often there is no easy way to know how a verb should be spelt in its present or past forms, or as a past participle. Even with regular verbs, things can be confusing! To help you identify certain patterns of spelling across the tenses, though, here are some tips for forming present and past verbs, and past and present participles. Continue reading
Understanding 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