'Tenses' Quiz

This is a advanced-level quiz containing 10 multichoice questions from our 'verbs and tenses' quiz category. Simply answer all questions and press the 'Grade Me' button to see your score. This exercise is also available as a printable worksheet.

Tenses

Exercise Instructions: Choose the correct answer.

Q1 - At nine o'clock, an usher opened the main door, and all manners ____ forgotten in the rush to get inside.
Q2 - If hundreds of people have to go through a small door, the funnel effect ___ inevitable.
Q3 - I turned up at the modern art gallery before nine to avoid the queue, but there ____ already, in fact, a small crowd there.
Q4 - He was amazed to feel such a strong desire to go in; normally, he ____ have been less inclined enter such a place.
Q5 - He presents us with purely factual account, never ____ us the occasion to question any of its content.
Q6 - He ____ most of his lifetime in writing his history.
Q7 - He feared his enemies and all those who ____ him.
Q8 - He couldn't imagine what the room ____ look like now.
Q9 - He could not afford to be out of the public eye; it ____ the death of his political career.
Q10 - Many similar examples ____ be seen in the text, but I would like to focus on this one.

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Q1 - At nine o'clock, an usher opened the main door, and all manners ____ forgotten in the rush to get inside.
 
were
 
had been
 
Either could be used.
Q2 - If hundreds of people have to go through a small door, the funnel effect ___ inevitable.
 
is
 
will be
 
Either could be used here.
Q3 - I turned up at the modern art gallery before nine to avoid the queue, but there ____ already, in fact, a small crowd there.
 
was
 
had been
 
Either could be used here.
Q4 - He was amazed to feel such a strong desire to go in; normally, he ____ have been less inclined enter such a place.
 
will
 
would
 
Either could be used here.
Q5 - He presents us with purely factual account, never ____ us the occasion to question any of its content.
 
give
 
gives
 
giving
 
gave
Q6 - He ____ most of his lifetime in writing his history.
 
spent
 
had spent
Q7 - He feared his enemies and all those who ____ him.
 
could threaten
 
could have threatened
 
Either could be used.
Q8 - He couldn't imagine what the room ____ look like now.
 
will
 
would
 
Either could be used.
Q9 - He could not afford to be out of the public eye; it ____ the death of his political career.
 
would mean
 
would have meant
 
Either could be used
Q10 - Many similar examples ____ be seen in the text, but I would like to focus on this one.
 
can
 
could
 
Either could be used

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