Fill in the blanks with suitable tenses

1. He said that it ……………… him great pleasure to be there that evening.

a) gives             b) gave               c) was giving             d)has given

2. He said that he ……………… go as soon as it was possible.

a) will               b) would             c) can             d)should

3. The teacher often tells me that if I ……………… hard I will fail.

a) didn’t work            b) don’t work          c) hadn’t worked           d)haven’t worked

4. The lecturer said Paul was just and ……………. the respect of all races and classes.

a) won               b)wins                c) had won             d) has won

5. He replied that he ………………. to reward his soldiers and that he had kept his word.

a)was promising          b) promised             c) had promised             d) would promise

6. The lion told the mouse that he was very weak and that his teeth ………………… out.

a) fell                      b) have fallen                    c)has fallen                  d) had fallen

7. The magistrate asked the accused what ……………… with his hand in the gentleman’s pocket.

a) was he doing            b)he has done           c) he was doing                   d) had he done

8. The stranger asked Alice where she ……………..

a) was living                    b) lives                   c)is living                  d) lived

9. The king asked the philosopher whom he …………….. the happiest man alive.

a) consider            b) considered             c) was considering              d)has considered

10. He asked me whether I ……………….. him.

a) would accompany     b) will accompany       c) have accompanied              d)accompany

11. I ……………………… in this city for twenty years.

a) have lived               b) lived            c) had lived              d) am living

12. I …………………… her since she was a child.

a) have known                   b) know               c) knew                  d) had known

13. The kettle …………………… Shall I make tea?

a) boils                  b) would boil                 c) is boiling                d) boiled

14. Heat …………………… bodies.

a) expands                 b) is expanding               c) would expand             d) expanded

15. The king asked the philosopher whom he ……….the happiest man alive

a)consider             b) considered           c) was considering              d) considering

 

Answers:-   1. B       2.B         3.B           4.A              5.C              6.D         7.C          8.D          9.B        10.A          11.A         12.A             13.C             14.A      15. B

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