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Grammar: Quiz II


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Present Continuous
Right now, Tom is writing the letter.
Past Continuous USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Past
Sammy was waiting for us when we got off the plane.
Past Continuous USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption
Yesterday at this time, I was sitting at my desk at work.
Past Continuous USE 3 Parallel Actions
I was studying while he was making dinner.
Past Continuous USE 4 Atmosphere
When I walked into the office, several people were busily typing, some were talking on the phones, the boss was yelling directions...
Past Continuous USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Past
I was listening to my iPod, so I didn't hear the fire alarm.
Present Perfect USE 1 Unspecified Time Before Now
I think I have met him once before.
Present Perfect USE 2 Duration From the Past Until Now (Non–Continuous Verbs)
I have had a cold for two weeks.
Past Perfect Continuous USE 1 Duration Before Something in the Past
She had been working at that company for three years when it went out of business.
Past Perfect Continuous USE 2 Cause of Something in the Past
Jason was tired because he had been jogging.
past perfect
The motorcycle had belonged to George for years before Tina bought it.
Past Perfect Continuous
How long had you been waiting to get on the bus?
Present Perfect Continuous USE 1 Duration from the Past Until Now
he has been working at that company for three years.
Present Perfect Continuous USE 2 Recently, Lately
Mary has been feeling a little depressed.
Present Perfect Continuous Adverb placement
You have only been waiting here for one hour.
Present Perfect Continuous USE 1 Duration from the Past Until Now
James has been teaching at the university since June.
Present Perfect Continuous USE 2 Recently, Lately
What have you been doing?
1. Past action interrupted. 2. Past action at specific time. 3. Setting the background or atmosphere.
What are the three uses of the past progressive?
Yes, if you add a time phrase: "The plane departs in fifteen minutes."
Can the present simple be used for a future event?
Using the present simple to describe what happens in a play, movie, or book.
What is the "literary present"?
You can use the simple present to describe actions that are habitual or repeated but not happening at this moment: "She works on Sundays."
What is the most common use of the simple present?
You can use the simple present to describe states or qualities of things that don't change over time: "Water boils at 100 degrees." "Mars orbits the sun."
How can the simple present be used to describe unchanging facts?
It is used to describe actions happening right at this moment.
What is the main use of the present progressive?
Usually action verbs such as going, eating, exercising, but not usually nonaction verbs such as knowing, owning, or being.
What kinds of verbs are usually used with the present progressive?
Yes. Just add a time phrase: "The plane is departing in fifteen minutes."
Can the present progressive be used for a future event?