ASSIGNMENT – 13 (TENSES)
Fill in the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs
1. Yesterday, I _______________ (try) to take notes while the teacher _______________
(explain) a topic in the class. Since she _______________ (not speak) loudly, it
_______________ (be) difficult to hear what she was saying.
2. When I _______________ (reach) Meena’s house, she _______________ (leave) already.
Though I _______________ (reach) there at the appointed time, yet she _______________
(leave). Thus I _______________ (come) back disappointed.
3. I _______________ (look) forward to go to England, next year. I _______________ (plan) to
stay there for a few years. I _______________ (come) back and _______________ (serve)
my country.
4. Last Sunday when I _______________ (return) home late at night, I was shocked to find my
house unlocked. Someone _______________ (break) into my house in my absence. All the
boxes _______________ (be) opened. I _______________ (check) my locker, in which I
_______________ (put) my money, but found the money _______________ (steal). I
_______________ (report) the matter to the police.
5. The roof of the hall of a school building _______________ (fall) down in heavy rains
yesterday night. Five persons _______________ (die) on the spot. The building
_______________ (be) under construction. According to the neighbours, about fifteen
persons _______________ (sleep) in the hall. Most of the victims _______________ (be)
labour class.
6. When I _______________ (arrive) at the station, Sunita _______________ (wait) for me. She
_______________ (wear) a blue dress and _______________ (look) very pretty. As soon as
she _______________ (see) me, she _______________ (shout) something but I couldn’t
hear what she _______________ (say) as everyone _______________ (make) such a noise.
7. Yesterday, I _______________ (try) to take notes while the teacher _______________
(explain) a topic in the class. Since she _______________ (not speak) loudly, it
_______________ (be) difficult to hear what she was saying.
8. When I _______________ (reach) Meena’s house, she _______________ (leave) already.
Though I _______________ (reach) there at the appointed time, yet she _______________
(leave). Thus I _______________ (come) back disappointed.
9. Yesterday I _______________ (see) a speeding car hit a pedestrian, who _______________
(fall) unconscious. The poor fellow _______________ (bleed) profusely before people
_______________ (take) him to a hospital. The man _______________ (struggle) for his life
but _______________ (breathe) his last after half an hour.10. I _______________ (have) a strange dream when I _______________ (sleep) last night. I
_______________ (wake) up with a start and _______________ (realize) that I
_______________ (dream).
11. Jagdish _______________ (climb) the stairs when he _______________ (fall) down and
_______________ (break) his leg. The doctor _______________ (advise) him a month’s rest.
He _______________ (not able) to take his terminal exams and _______________ (be) very
upset about it.
12. Rajesh _______________ (sit) in the train at this time tomorrow. We _______________ (go)
to see him off. He _______________ (stay) with us for almost a month. He
_______________ (promise) that he _______________ (visit) us again next year.
13. At present, the children _______________ (play) in the garden. They _______________
(finish) their homework. They _______________ (play) for an hour and then
_______________ (watch) television.
14. Ram _________ (invite) his friend, Shyam, on his birthday. When Shyam _______________
(reach) his house, his classmates _______________ (come) already. Ram _______________
(introduce) Shyam to everyone and then _______________ (serve) snacks to them. After he
_______________ (cut) the cake, they _______________ (dance) as they _______________
(decide).​

1.        Tried, was explaining, was not speaking, was
2.        Reached, had left, had reached, had left, came
3.        Have been looking, have planned, come, serve
4.        Returned, had broken, had been opened, checked, had put, had been stolen, reported
5.        Fell, died, was, were sleeping, were
6.        Arrived, was waiting, was wearing, looked, saw, shouted, said, was making
7.        Refer to sentence 1
8.        Refer to sentence 2
9.        Saw, fell, was bleeding, took, was struggling, breathed
10.     Had, was sleeping, woke, realized, had been dreaming
11.     Was climbing, fell, broke, has advised, will not be able, was
12.     Will be sitting, will go, had been staying, has promised, will visit
13.     Are playing, have finished, will play, watch
14.     Invited, reached, had come, introduced, served, had cut, danced, had decided. 
 

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