Verb Tense and Form - Practice

Verb Tense and Form

Intermediate Practice

Consider the verb tense and form in each of the following questions. First, identify the verb tense of the bolded verb in each question. Then, respond to the question with a complete sentence using a logical tense and verb choice. For more advanced practice, try using a different verb than the one in the question.

Example: What is your favorite thing about UC Davis?

Verb Tense: Simple Present

Answer: I really like working out at the ARC.

  1. What are you studying at UC Davis?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  2. What problems have UC Davis students been facing for the last 10 years?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  3. What will you be doing after you graduate?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  4. Before you applied, why were you considering attending UC Davis?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  5. How long had you been attending school before you came to UC Davis?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  6. What will you have accomplished by this time next year?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  7. What person at UC Davis made the deepest impression on you?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  8. How long will you have been going to UC Davis by this time next year?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  9. What successful skill in your field have you learned at UC Davis?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  10. What do you think of your professors at UC Davis?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:
  11. When will the next quarter start?
    Verb Tense:
    Answer:

Advanced Practice

For this activity, you will practice switching verb tenses within a text. Consistency is important, but it’s also equally important to know when to change a tense to fit the logic of your writing. Write a paragraph in which you practice moving from the past to present by answering the following question: Discuss how your high school did or did not prepare you for studying at UC Davis. Be sure to provide examples to support your ideas.

Sample Sentence: “I can clearly remember one time I tried to ask the math professor a question during the first lecture in college” is a sentence with two time frames. The first action, can remember, is happening in the present, while the second action, tried to ask, happened in the past.