Humanities › English Practice Using the Correct Present and Past Forms of the Verb 'Be' A Sentence-Completion Exercise Share Flipboard Email Print DNY59/E+/Getty Images English English Grammar An Introduction to Punctuation Writing By Richard Nordquist English and Rhetoric Professor Ph.D., Rhetoric and English, University of Georgia M.A., Modern English and American Literature, University of Leicester B.A., English, State University of New York Dr. Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. our editorial process Richard Nordquist Updated March 26, 2017 This exercise will give you practice in applying the principles discussed in What Are the Present and Past Forms of the Verb "Be"? Instructions and Exercise 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. The Hoovers (be) driving to California in an old VW bus. (present)The Hoovers (be) driving to California in an old VW bus. (past)Dwayne (be) writing another note to his grandfather. (present)George Bailey (be) visited by an angel named Clarence. (past)The Hoovers (be) planning another road trip. (present)I (be) happy to be here. (present)You (be) talking in your sleep last night. (past)Uncle Frank (be) reading a novel when the tornado struck. (past)The Hoovers (be) disqualified. (past)The game of hopscotch (be) invented by the Romans. (past)The elephant (be) the only animal with four knees in each leg. (present)The side door (be) broken. (present)King William IV's nickname (be) "Silly Billy." (past)There (be) 206 bones in the human body. (present)Richard (be) once a motivational speaker. (past) Answers The Hoovers are driving to California in an old VW bus.The Hoovers were driving to California in an old VW bus.Dwayne is writing another note to his grandfather.George Bailey was visited by an angel named Clarence.The Hoovers are planning another road trip.I am happy to be here.You were talking in your sleep last night.Uncle Frank was reading a novel when the tornado struck.The Hoovers were disqualified.The game of hopscotch was invented by the Romans.The elephant is the only animal with four knees in each leg.The side door is broken.King William IV's nickname was "Silly Billy."There are 206 bones in the human body.Richard was once a motivational speaker.