Example Sentences of the Verb Cut

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You can cut your steak or you can cut through paper, but can you correctly use the irregular verb "cut" for each tense? This page provides example sentences of the verb "cut" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms. Test your understanding with the quiz at the end!

All Tenses of Cut

Base Form cut / Past Simple cut / Past Participle cut / Gerund cutting

Present Simple

I cut paper with those scissors.

Present Simple Passive

Paper is cut by John.

Present Continuous

He is cutting the figures out now.

Present Continuous Passive

The figures are being cut out now.

Present Perfect

Jack has cut out fifteen figures.

Present Perfect Passive

Fifteen figures have been cut out by John.

Present Perfect Continuous

I have been cutting out figures for the past twenty minutes.

Past Simple

He cut out twenty figures yesterday.

Past Simple Passive

Twenty figures were cut out yesterday.

Past Continuous

He was cutting the paper when she came into the room.

Past Continuous Passive

The paper was being cut when she came into the room.

Past Perfect

Jane had cut out the figures before they began the work on pasting.

Past Perfect Passive

The figures had been cut out before they began the work on pasting.

Past Perfect Continuous

They had been cutting out figures for two hours before they began they difficult work.

Future (will)

She will cut those out. Don't worry.

Future (will) passive

Those figures will be cut out by Jack.

Future (going to)

Jack is going to cut those figures out.

Future (going to) passive

Those figures are going to be cut out by Jack.

Future Continuous

We will be cutting figures out at two tomorrow afternoon.

Future Perfect

Jack will have cut out all the figures by the time we begin.

Future Possibility

Jennifer might cut class tomorrow.

Real Conditional

If she cuts class, the teacher will be angry.

Unreal Conditional

If she cut class, the teacher would be angry.

Past Unreal Conditional

If she had cut class, the teacher would have been angry.

Present Modal

You must cut these out before you begin.

Past Modal

Jack might have cut out those figures.

Quiz: Conjugate with Cut

Use the verb "to cut" to conjugate the following sentences. Quiz answers are below. In some cases, more than one answer may be correct.

  1. Fifteen figures _____ out by John.
  2. I _____ paper with those scissors.
  3. Jane _____ out the figures before they began the work on pasting.
  4. She ____ those out. Don't worry.
  5. He ____ out twenty figures yesterday.
  6. Jack will _____ out all the figures by the time we begin.
  7. If she _____ class, the teacher will be angry.
  8. The figures _____ out before they began the work on pasting.
  9. Paper _____ by John in our company.
  10. Jennifer _____ class tomorrow. You never know.

Quiz Answers

  1. have been cut
  2. cut
  3. had cut
  4. will cut
  5. cut
  6. have cut
  7. cuts
  8. had been cut
  9. is cut
  10. might cut