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The Progressive Tense Quiz 

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Question 1.

 

robot-using-computer

 

 

i. Which sentence has the correct helping verb?

He was using his laptop.

He were using his laptop.

 

ii. Which sentence has the correct helping verb?

Smartie were downloading music.

Smartie was downloading music.

  


Question 2.

 

girls-football-team

 

a. The team is waiting on the pitch.

 

b. The team was waiting on the pitch.

 

i. Which sentence is written in the present progressive tense?

a
b

 

 


Question 3.

 

aliens-in-space

 

a. The two aliens were flying home.

 

b. The two aliens are flying home.

 

Which sentence is written in the past progressive tense?

a
b

 


Question 4.

 

astronauts-on-the-moon

 

The astronauts are

collecting rock samples.

 

are = present progressive


 

i. Which is the past progressive form of the verb are?

was
were

 

 


Question 5.

 

pirates-playing-cards

 

The pirate was playing cards.

 

was = past progressive

 

i. Which is the present progressive form of the verb was?

are
is

  


Question 6.

 

mountain-climber

 

to climb

 

The boy is ________ the mountain.

 

i. Complete the present progressive form of the verb above using the correct form of to climb.

climbs
climbing

 

 


Question 7.

 

robots-painting

 

be

 

The robots _______ painting the wall.

 

 

Complete the present progressive form of the verb above using the correct be verb.

will be
are




Question 8.

 

children-in-the-woods

 

 

be | to hike

 

The children _______ _______ in the woods.

 

i. Complete the past progressive form of the verb above using the correct be verb.

will be
were

 

ii. Use the correct form of to hike.

hiked
hiking

 

 


Question 9.

 

astronaut-in-space

 

be | to float

 

The astronaut _______ _______ in space.

 

i. Complete the past progressive form of the verb above using the correct be verb.

 

will be
was

 

 

 

i. Use the correct form of to float.

 

floated
floating

 

 


Question 10.

load-music

Blake is listening to loud music.

 

Fill in the space below with the infinitive form of the verb.

 

i. The infinitive form of listening is…

listened
to listen

 


Question 11.

dog-running

 

The dog was running to the park.

 

Fill in the space below with the infinitive form of the verb.

 

i. The infinitive form of running is…

run
to run

 

 


Question 12.

 

dog-eating

Complete both sentences below using the infinitive

 

to eat

 

present progressive form

 

i. The dog ______ his dinner.

is eating
was eating

past progressive form

 

ii. The dog ______ his dinner.

is eating
was eating

 


Question 13.

pirate-ship

Complete both sentences below using the infinitive

 

to leave

 

present progressive form

 

i. The pirates _______ the island.

 

are leaving
were leaving

 

past progressive form

 

 

i. The pirates _______ the island.

 

are leaving
were leaving

 


Question 14.

pirate-in-ship

The pirate was looking at the sea.

 

i. The subject of the sentence above is…

the pirate
the sea

 

ii. The main action verb in this sentence is…

was
looking

 

iii. The helping verb in this sentence is…

was
looking

iv. The infinitive form of was looking is…

looked
to look

 

 


Question 15.

 

space-ship

 

The space cadets were flying to Jupiter.

 

i. The subject of the sentence above is…

the space cadets
Jupiter

 

ii. The main action verb in this sentence is…

were
flying

 

iii. The helping verb in this sentence is…

were
flying

iv. The infinitive form of were flying is…

flew
to fly

 

 


Question 16.

 

marbles

 

 

i. Which sentence uses the past progressive?

Mohammed played a game of marbles with his friend.
Alisha was thinking about her homework.

 

 


Question 17.

 

game-of-football

 

i. Which sentence uses the present progressive?

Ali played football with his friends at the park.
Indira is walking to her friend's house.

 

 


Question 18.

 

tennis

 

Jay was practising his tennis shots. He had been given a new tennis racket for his birthday.

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the sentences above.

was practising
had been

 

 


Question 19.

 

surfer

 

Eliza is entering a surfboarding competition this week. She wants to win a medal. She is going to practice all week - even if it rains.

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the first sentence above.
is entering
this week

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the second sentence above.

is going
all week

 

 

 


Question 20.

 

football-game

 

The team are practising taking penalties. They are in

the cup final on Saturday and they are hoping to win.

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the first sentence above.

are practising
taking penalties

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the second sentence above.

are in
are hoping

 

 


Question 21.

 

football-game

 

The boys were following a spy. They had followed her all morning and they were waiting to see who she was meeting up with.

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the first sentence above.
the boys
were following

 

What is the verb form that is written in the form in the second sentence above.

had followed
were waiting

 

What is the progressive form in the second sentence above.

who she
was meeting

 

 


Question 22.

 

roller-blading

 

Elsa was skating to her friend's house. They were going to the cinema later. Elsa had booked the tickets online and she was collecting them at the box office .

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the first sentence above.

was skating
to her

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the sentence above.

they were
were going

 

What is the verb form that is written in the progressive form in the third sentence above.

had booked
was collecting

 

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