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Test C: Tenses - past and perfect

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A

Read the conversation. Then look at the answers below and write the correct answer in each space.

Tessa: Hello, Robert. I haven’t seen you for ages.
Robert: Hello, Tessa. Great to see you. What have you (1) ___________ doing lately?
Tessa: (2) ____________just started a new job in computer software.
Robert: You (3) ___________working for Tuffex Plastics when we last met.
Tessa: That's right. I hadn't (4) _____________working there long before I got fed up. I (5) _______
realized what a horrible job it would be. But what about you? (6) _____________you found a job?
Robert: Well, six months ago I (7) _____________ working for a car hire company, but then they (8)
___________ bankrupt. So I’m out of work now. (9) ____________been looking around for
another job.
Tessa: Well, I’m sure you’ll find one soon.

B

Write a second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first. Use the word in brackets.

  • Susan had a green dress on. (wearing)

Susan was wearing a green dress.
1. The doctor began work at six o'clock and is still working. (has) _________________________________
2. Rupert didn't have his credit card. (forgotten) _________________________________
3. I didn't want to go without taking a photo. (until) _________________________________
4. Nancy has been writing the report. It is finished now. (written) _________________________________
5. My wait in the queue has lasted forty minutes so far. (I) _________________________________
6. When we arrived, everyone was on the dance floor. (dancing) _________________________________
7. The computer has been mine for four years. (had) _________________________________
8. In the middle of our lunch there was a knock at the door. (when) _________________________________
9. Nigel felt sick from eating too many cakes. (because) _________________________________

C

Write the sentences correctly.

  • I like this CD. I've been having it for ages.

I've had it for ages.
1. It was my first day back at work. I was on holiday.
____________________________________

2. I'm quite tired now. I play badminton.
____________________________________

3. I had to sit down. I'd been having a shock.
____________________________________

4. You need a rest. How much have you been working?
____________________________________
5. The robbery happened at midday. Lots of people walked along the street outside.
____________________________________
6. My sister speaks good English. She is practising her English since last summer.
____________________________________
7. At last I have my qualification. I've been passing my exam.
____________________________________
8. Michelle looked really sunburnt. She'd lie in the sun for too long.
____________________________________
9. We got to the coach stop at nine yesterday. But the coach has already gone.
____________________________________

D

Complete the conversations. Put in the correct form of each verb.

  • A: Did you buy (you /buy) anything at the antiques sale yesterday?

B: No. I wanted (I /want) to buy some jewellery, but I'd left (I /leave) my credit card at home.
1. A: Are you still copying those addresses?
B: No, that's all of them. ____________ (I/finish) now.
2. A: The train is never going to get here.
B: How long _____________ (we / wait) now?
A: At least half an hour ____________ (we / be) here since ten to five.
3. A: Did you have a nice chat with Tessa?
B: No, not really. When ____________ (we /drink) our coffee, ______________ (she /hurry) off home.
4. A: It's terrible about that plane crash, isn't it?
B: Yes, awful___________ (I/ have) breakfast when __________(I / hear) the news.
5. A: So you sing in a rock band, do you? How long ______________(you / do) that?
B: Oh, since I was sixteen. ________________(we / do) about a dozen concerts.
6. A: Do you know what Polly was so upset about yesterday?
B: No, I don't. But I'm sure ____________ (she /cry). Her eyes looked red.
A: Perhaps _________________(she / have) some bad news.
7. A: The shooting was very frightening, I suppose.
B: It certainly was. When we __________(hear) the shot, we all ____________(throw) ourselves
to the floor.

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