Grammar Exercises - Mixed Tenses Exercises

Do the exercises below on the English tenses and click on the button to check your answers.

(Before doing the exercises you may want to revise the lessons on the English tenses)

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple present or present progressive)

  1. Look! Sara (go) to the movies.
  2. On her right hand, Sara (carry) her handbag.
  3. The handbag (be) very beautiful.
  4. Sara usually (put) on black shoes but now she (wear) white trainers.
  5. And look, she (take) an umbrella because it (rain)  

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or past perfect)

  1. When he (wake up) , his mother (already /prepare) breakfast
  2. We (go) to London because our friends (invite) us
  3. He (hear) the news, (go) to the telephone and (call) a friend.
  4. When she (start) learning English she (already /learn) French.
  5. Jane (already / type) three pages when her computer (crash) .
  6. By the time the doctor (arrive) at the house the patient ( die) .
  7. Before that day we (never / think) of traveling to Japan.
  8. I (know) him a long time before I (meet) his family.
  9. They (not / know) where to meet because nobody (tell) them.
  10. It (be) cloudy for days before it (begin) to rain.

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or present perfect).

  1. I (just / finish) my homework.
  2. Mary (already / write) five letters.
  3. Tom (move) to his home town in 1994.
  4. My friend (be) in Canada two years ago.
  5. I (not / be) to Canada so far.
  6. But I (already / travel) to London a couple of times.
  7. Last week, Mary and Paul (go) to the cinema.
  8. I can't take any pictures because I (not /buy) a new film yet.
  9. (they / spend) their holidays in Paris last summer?
  10. (you / ever / see ) a whale?

Put the verbs into the correct tense (Simple Past or Past Progressive).

  1. The receptionist (welcome) the guests and (ask) them to fill in the form
  2. The car (break) down and we (have) to walk home.
  3. The boys (swim) while the girls (sunbath) .
  4. My father (come) in, (look) and (tell) me to tidy up my room.
  5. While one group (prepare) dinner the others (collect) wood for the campfire.
  6. While the parents (have) breakfast the children (run) about.
  7. Martha (turn) off the light and (go) to bed.

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple future or future perfect)

  1. Tomorrow I think I (start)  my new project.
  2. I (finish) it by the end of this month.
  3. The teacher (probably/assign) a test to his students next Monday.
  4. He (correct) it by the end of next week.
  5. My friend (certainly/get) a good mark.
  6. By 9 o'clock, we (finish) our homework.
  7. They (leave) the classroom by the end of the hour.
  8. I think I (start) my trip tomorrow


Before submitting the test, check the following:

  • Punctuation and capitalization
  • Spelling
  • Spaces (don't add any unnecessary spaces)

Such mistakes would cost you valuable points. Good luck!

Related materials:

English tenses.
Examples of English Tenses.