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Mixed Tenses

(intermediate level)

Use correct forms:

 1   The carpenter (finish, just) the roof when the chimney (fall) down.

 2   (your sister, buy) all the food for the party?

 3   The children (learn) French since father (go) to Paris.

 4   (you, go) to the seaside tomorrow? — Yes, I (go) there once a week.

 5   The Tucks (not have) a holiday by the seaside for seven years.

 

 6   Who (be) that? — Sheila's boyfriend (stand) at the door.

 7   The watchman (notice) the burglar as he (try) to open the back door.

 8   Where (be) the guinea-pig? — Aunt Lucy (take) him out to the garden.

 9   Lots of mosquitoes (fly) around the lamp so we (turn) it off.

10   you (wash) the car yet? — No, but I already (fill) the tank.

 

11   Mary-Joe (sit) on the balcony when Aunt Lucy (arrive).

12   Peggy (clean) the living-room. — When (she, clean) it?

13   She's busy. She (make) a cake. She often (make) cakes.

14   By the end of next month he (be) here for ten years.

15   you (read) Mary Poppins? — I (begin) it last week and I just (finish) it.

 

16   I'm rather fat, but I know what to do. I (sell) my car and (buy) a bike.

17   When we (see) the policeman we quickly (run) behind a tree.

18   Dora (go) to see her friend last night, and she (not come) back yet.

19   What you (do) tomorrow? — I (help) mummy with the housework.

20   Is Dora in? — Yes, she (be) to the bank, but she (just, come) back.

 

21   (you, see) that picture? It (be) on this wall for many years.

22   Tomorrow I (invite) Cathy to a drink, then I (tell) her I (love) her.

23   you (hear) the latest news? Peter (marry) the Simpson girl yesterday.

24   By the time we (get) there somebody (take, already) the documents.

25   you (wait) long for me? — No, I (come) just now.

 


 

Possible solutions:

 1   The carpenter had just finished the roof when the chimney fell down. / The carpenter was just finishing the roof when the chimney fell down.

 2   Has your sister bought all the food for the party?

 3   The children have been learning French since father went to Paris.

 4   Are you going to the seaside tomorrow? — Yes, I go there once a week.

 5   The Tucks haven't had a holiday by the seaside for seven years.

 

 6   Who is that? — Sheila's boyfriend is standing at the door.

 7   The watchman noticed the burglar as he was trying to open the back door.

 8   Where is the guinea-pig? — Aunt Lucy has taken him out to the garden.

 9   Lots of mosquitoes were flying around the lamp so we turned it off.

10   Have you washed the car yet? — No, but I've already filled the tank.

 

11   Mary—Joe (sit) on the balcony when Aunt Lucy (arrive).

12   Peggy has cleaned the living-room.— When did she clean it?

13   She's busy. She's making a cake. She often makes cakes.

14   By the end of next month he will have been here for ten years.

15   Have you read Mary Poppins? — I began it last week and I've just finished it. / I'm just finishing it.

 

16   I'm rather fat, but I know what to do. I'll sell my car and buy a bike.

17   When we saw the policeman we quickly ran behind a tree.

18   Dora went to see her friend last night, and she hasn't come back yet.

19   What will you be doing tomorrow? — I'll be helping mummy with the housework.

20   Is Dora in? — Yes, she's been to the bank, but she's just come back.

 

21   Can you see that picture? It has been on this wall for many years.

22   Tomorrow I'm going to invite Cathy to a drink, then I'll tell her I love her.

23   Have you heard the latest news? Peter married the Simpson girl yesterday.

24   By the time we (get) there somebody had already taken the documents.

25   Have you been waiting long for me? — No, I came just now.

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