Practice in Using the Correct Present and Past Forms of the Verb 'Be'

A Sentence-Completion Exercise

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This exercise will give you practice in applying the principles discussed in What Are the Present and Past Forms of the Verb "Be"?

Instructions

Complete each of the following sentences with the correct form of the verb be. Use the tense (present or past) shown in parenthesis at the end of each sentence.

When you have completed the exercise, compare your answers with those on page two.

  1. The Hoovers (be) driving to California in an old VW bus. (present)
  1. The Hoovers (be) driving to California in an old VW bus. (past)
  2. Dwayne (be) writing another note to his grandfather. (present)
  3. George Bailey (be) visited by an angel named Clarence. (past)
  4. The Hoovers (be) planning another road trip. (present)
  5. I (be) happy to be here. (present)
  6. You (be) talking in your sleep last night. (past)
  7. Uncle Frank (be) reading a novel when the tornado struck. (past)
  8. The Hoovers (be) disqualified. (past)
  9. The game of hopscotch (be) invented by the Romans. (past)
  10. The elephant (be) the only animal with four knees in each leg. (present)
  11. The side door (be) broken. (present)
  12. King William IV's nickname (be) "Silly Billy." (past)
  13. There (be) 206 bones in the human body. (present)
  14. Richard (be) once a motivational speaker. (past)

Here (in bold print) are the answers to the exercise in Using the Correct Present and Past Forms of "Be."


  1. The Hoovers are driving to California in an old VW bus.
  2. The Hoovers were driving to California in an old VW bus.
  3. Dwayne is writing another note to his grandfather.
  4. George Bailey was visited by an angel named Clarence.
  5. The Hoovers are planning another road trip.
  6. I am happy to be here.
  7. You were talking in your sleep last night.
  1. Uncle Frank was reading a novel when the tornado struck.
  2. The Hoovers were disqualified.
  3. The game of hopscotch was invented by the Romans.
  4. The elephant is the only animal with four knees in each leg.
  5. The side door is broken.
  6. King William IV's nickname was "Silly Billy."
  7. There are 206 bones in the human body.
  8. Richard was once a motivational speaker.