Tenses worksheet

Complete the following sentences using the correct form of the verb given in the brackets.

1. I waited for him until he ………………… (return)

2. I will remember that day as long as I ……………………. (live)

3. If I knew his name, I …………………. (tell) you.

4. She was acting as if she …………………… (be) in charge.

5. She would get a better job if she …………………. English. (speak)

6. I ran as quickly as I …………………… (can/could)

7. Whoever ………………….. (phone) just now was very polite.

8. Keep calm, whatever ……………………. (happen).

9. Galileo maintained that the earth ……………………… (move) round the sun.

10. He …………………. (run) away because he was afraid of getting caught.

11. As he was not there, I …………………… (leave) a message with his mother.

12. Whoever …………………… (get) to the top first will get a $1,000 prize.

Answers

1. I waited for him until he returned.

2. I will remember that day as long as I live.

3. If I knew his name, I would tell you. (In if-sentences when the verb in the if-clause is in the simple past tense, we use would + infinitive in the main clause.)

4. She was acting as if she was in charge.

5. She would get a better job if she spoke English.

6. I ran as quickly as I could.

7. Whoever phoned just now was very polite.

8. Keep calm, whatever happens.

9. Galileo maintained that the earth moves round the sun. (We use the simple present tense to talk about universal truths.)

10. He ran away because he was afraid of getting caught.

11. As he was not there, I left a message with his mother.

12. Whoever gets to the top first will get a $1,000 prize.

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