The Hinduja Group ………………… Britain’s iconic Old War Office building, once occupied by Winston Churchill.
a) was buying
b) has bought
d) has been bought
Answer: b) has bought
Option a) was buying
The past continuous tense is not possible here. It is used to talk about an action that was going on at a particular point of time in the past.
Option b) has bought
We use the present perfect tense to announce recent events.
Option c) bought
The simple past tense is possible in this sentence, but we prefer to use the present perfect tense for giving news of recent events.
Option d) has been bought
Has been bought is in the passive voice, but we need an active verb here because the Hinduja group is the doer.
Option e) buys
The simple present tense is only used to talk about facts and general truths.
India ………………….. for nearly 30% of the global demand for gold.
a) is accounting
d) has been accounting
e) have been accounting
Answer: option b) accounts
Option a) is accounting
The present continuous tense is used to talk about actions and situations that are going on at the moment of speaking.
Option b) accounts
We use the simple present tense to express facts.
Option c) accounted
The simple past tense is not used to talk about facts.
Option d) has been accounting
The present perfect continuous tense is not used to talk about facts.
Option e) have been accounting
The auxiliary verb ‘have’ does not agree with the singular noun ‘India’. Also, perfect continuous tenses are not used to talk about facts.