Example Sentences of the Verb Eat

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This page provides example sentences of the verb "Eat" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

  • Base Form eat
  • Past Simple ate
  • Past Participle eaten
  • Gerund eating

Present Simple

I usually eat at six o'clock.

Present Simple Passive

Dinner is usually eaten at six o'clock.

Present Continuous

We are having dinner at six this evening.

Present Continuous Passive

Dinner is being eaten at six this evening.

Present Perfect

He has already eaten.

Present Perfect Passive

Dinner hasn't been finished yet.

Present Perfect Continuous

We have been eating for two hours!

Past Simple

Jack ate a great lunch at Marco's Restaurant.

Past Simple Passive

A great lunch was eaten at Marco's Restaurant.

Past Continuous

We were eating lunch when she burst into the dining room.

Past Continuous Passive

Lunch was being eaten when she burst into the dinning room.

Past Perfect

He had already eaten lunch when we arrived.

Past Perfect Passive

Lunch had already been eaten when we arrived.

Past Perfect Continuous

They had been eating for two hours when he got home.

Future (will)

They will eat lunch at work.

Future (will) passive

Lunch will be eaten in a restaurant.

Future (going to)

We are going to eat dinner at home this evening.

Future (going to) passive

Dinner will be eaten at home this evening.

Future Continuous

We will be eating French food this time next week.

Future Perfect

They will have eaten dinner by the time we arrive.

Future Possibility

The might eat in a restaurant.

Real Conditional

If she eats before she leaves, we'll have lunch alone.

Unreal Conditional

If she ate more, she wouldn't be so skinny!

Past Unreal Conditional

If she had eaten more, she wouldn't have become ill.

Present Modal

You should eat more spinach!

Past Modal

He might have eaten before he left.

Quiz: Conjugate with Eat

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

  • I usually _____ at six o'clock.
  • He _____ already _____ lunch when we arrived.
  • We _____ lunch when she burst into the dining room.
  • We _____ dinner at home this evening.
  • They _____ dinner by the time we arrive.
  • If she _____ more, she wouldn't be so skinny!
  • Jack _____ a great lunch at Marco's Restaurant.
  • A great lunch _____ at Marco's Restaurant yesterday.
  • We _____ dinner at home this evening.
  • He _____ already _____.
  • Dinner _____ at six this evening.

Quiz Answers

  • eat
  • had eaten
  • were eating
  • are going to eat
  • will have eaten
  • ate
  • was eaten
  • are going to eat
  • has eaten
  • is being eaten

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