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Tense consistency exercise 1

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This exercise tests your knowledge of tense consistency. Complete the following sentences using an appropriate form of the verb. Choose your answers from the options given in the brackets.

If you didn’t do well or want to learn about tenses before doing this exercise go to the tenses study page. To learn about conditional sentences go to the conditional clauses study page.

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1. If she can’t come to us, then we …………………… have to go and see her. (will / would)

2. If you …………………. in Chicago, why didn’t you come and see us. (are / were)

3. If I …………………… you, we would both be happy. (married / had married)

4. If you had worked harder, you ……………………. won. (will / would / would have)

5. If you ………………….. too much, you will soon fall ill. (drink / drank)

6. Wouldn’t it be nice if you …………………….. her a bit with the housework? (helps / helped / had helped)

7. If she hadn’t helped me, I ……………………….. in deep trouble. (will be / would be / would have been)

8. If he …………………… more politely, I would have helped him. (asked / had asked)

9. If you were a little sensible, you ……………………. not do it. (will / would)

10. If you …………………… her, why didn’t you stop and say Hi? (know / knew / had known)

11. Rahul would have received a promotion if he ………………….. his assignments in time. (finished / finishes / had finished)

12. If we ………………… our reservations, we would all have been killed in the crash. (didn’t cancel / hadn’t canceled)

Answers

1. Will; 2. Were; 3. Married; 4. Would have won; 5. Drink; 6. Helped; 7. Would have been; 8. Had asked; 9. Would; 10. Knew; 11. Had finished; 12. Hadn’t canceled

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