Example Sentences of the Verb Hold

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

Base Form hold / Past Simple held / Past Participle held / Gerund holding

Present Simple

They usually hold meetings on Mondays.

Present Simple Passive

Meetings are usually held on Mondays.

Present Continuous

The manger is holding a meeting at the moment.

Present Continuous Passive

The annual meeting is being held this morning.

Present Perfect

He has held many positions at this company.

Present Perfect Passive

The position has been held by three different employees this year.

Present Perfect Continuous

Peter has been holding that jewel in his hands for the past half an hour.

Past Simple

He held up the traffic to let the children pass.

Past Simple Passive

The children were held up as examples to all.

Past Continuous

We were holding a meeting when she burst into the room with the news.

Past Continuous Passive

A meeting was being held when she burst into the room with the news.

Past Perfect

They had already held the discussion when I arrived late.

Past Perfect Passive

The discussion had already been held when I arrived late.

Past Perfect Continuous

Mary had been holding her ground for more than an hour when she finally gave in to his request.

Future (will)

Alice will hold the auction.

Future (will) passive

The auction will be held by Alice.

Future (going to)

Alice is going to hold the auction tomorrow evening.

Future (going to) passive

The auction will be held tomorrow evening.

Future Continuous

We will be holding a drink in our hands this time tomorrow.

Future Perfect

She will have held three different positions by the time she retires next month.

Future Possibility

She might hold a meeting to discuss the idea.

Real Conditional

If she holds a meeting, I will attend.

Unreal Conditional

If she held a meeting, I would attend.

Past Unreal Conditional

If she had held a meeting, I would have attended.

Present Modal

She must hold a meeting soon.

Past Modal

She can't have held a meeting without John.

Quiz: Conjugate with Hold

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

A meeting _____ when she burst into the room with the news.
The children _____ as examples to all yesterday.
The manger _____ a meeting at the moment.
They _____ already _____ the discussion when I arrived late.
If she _____ a meeting, I will attend.
Alice _____ the auction.
If she _____ a meeting, I would have attended.
They usually _____ meetings on Mondays.
Meetings _____ usually _____ on Mondays.
He _____ up the traffic to let the children pass yesterday afternoon.

Quiz Answers

was being held
were held
is holding
had held
holds
will hold
had held
hold
are held
held

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