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What is Tense? Quiz

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1. In English, tense is a _______ method used to indicate the time of an action or state.

noun-based
verb-based
preposition-based
a) noun-based b) verb-based c) preposition-based

2. If we talk about something that's happening now, and then talk about something that's already happened, we usually use

different tenses
the same tense
the present tense
a) different tenses b) the same tense c) the present tense

3. Using a system of verb-based tenses is _______ to indicate the time of an action or state.

the easy way
the only way
not the only way
a) the easy way b) the only way c) not the only way

4. Two important components of many English tenses are

time and place
time and aspect
time and effect
a) time and place b) time and aspect c) time and effect

5. Which aspect describes an action that's still happening or not yet completed?

the progressive aspect
the perfective aspect
the simplistic aspect
a) the progressive aspect b) the perfective aspect c) the simplistic aspect

6. Which of these is perfective in aspect?

is speaking
will speak
has spoken
a) is speaking b) will speak c) has spoken

7. The progressive aspect produces progressive or "_______" tenses.

continuous
present
perfect
a) continuous b) present c) perfect

8. The perfective aspect produces _______ tenses.

continuous
present
perfect
a) continuous b) present c) perfect

9. Tenses that combine the two aspects are called _______ tenses.

continuous present
perfect continuous
perfective progressive
a) continuous present b) perfect continuous c) perfective progressive

10. "Who are we still waiting for?" Which tense do you think this is?

past perfect
present continuous
present perfect continuous
a) past perfect b) present continuous c) present perfect continuous

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