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Use Verb Tenses Consistently

In this worksheet, students identify and correct sentences with errors in the use of present and past tense.

'Use Verb Tenses Consistently' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we talk or write about something that is happening now, we use the present tense.


Jack is playing his violin. He practises every day.

 

When we talk or write about something that has already happened, we use the past tense.

Jack played his violin at the school concert last week.

 

Stories are usually written in the past tense, but it is easy to get muddled up and start writing in the present tense by mistake.

Read this sentence and decide whether it is written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

The boys crept up to the window and peered through into the dark room.

present tense

past tense

Read these sentences and decide whether they are written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Kerry and Jessica love ballet. They go to lessons every week.

present tense

past tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Rosie ran upstairs and slammed her bedroom door.

present tense

past tense

The verbs in this sentence should be in the past tense but one of them is in the present tense. Which one is wrong?

 

Molly finished her breakfast, tied up her shoes and goes out of the house.

finished

tied

goes

Which verb is wrong this time?

 

Tommy and Jason ran through the woods, their hearts pounding. Suddenly Jason tripped over a tree root and falls to the ground.

ran

tripped

falls

This report about hedgehogs should be in the present tense but one verb is in the past tense by mistake. Which one?

 

Hedgehogs have thousands of prickles to protect them from enemies. They live in gardens and hibernated in the winter.

have

live

hibernated

This time, rewrite the sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

Jodie and Dale went out of the shop and walk down the street.

Rewrite the sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

The lion stood up, stretched its claws and roars at the people peering through the bars of its cage.

This time, rewrite the second sentence correctly in the present tense.

 

Kangaroos are found in Australia. Kangaroo babies are called Joeys and the mothers carried them around in pouches.

Rewrite the third sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

Laura looked around. She was sure she could hear footsteps coming up behind her. Suddenly she sees a shadow dart between the trees. She screamed.

  • Question 1

Read this sentence and decide whether it is written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

The boys crept up to the window and peered through into the dark room.

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs \'crept\' and \'peered\' are in the past tense.
  • Question 2

Read these sentences and decide whether they are written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Kerry and Jessica love ballet. They go to lessons every week.

CORRECT ANSWER
present tense
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs \'love\' and \'go\' are in the present tense.
  • Question 3

Read this sentence and decide whether it is written in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Rosie ran upstairs and slammed her bedroom door.

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
EDDIE SAYS
The verbs \'ran\' and \'slammed\' are in the past tense.
  • Question 4

The verbs in this sentence should be in the past tense but one of them is in the present tense. Which one is wrong?

 

Molly finished her breakfast, tied up her shoes and goes out of the house.

CORRECT ANSWER
goes
EDDIE SAYS
It should be \'went out of the house\'.
  • Question 5

Which verb is wrong this time?

 

Tommy and Jason ran through the woods, their hearts pounding. Suddenly Jason tripped over a tree root and falls to the ground.

CORRECT ANSWER
falls
EDDIE SAYS
It should be \'fell to the ground\'.
  • Question 6

This report about hedgehogs should be in the present tense but one verb is in the past tense by mistake. Which one?

 

Hedgehogs have thousands of prickles to protect them from enemies. They live in gardens and hibernated in the winter.

CORRECT ANSWER
hibernated
EDDIE SAYS
It should be \'hibernate\' as they hibernate every winter.
  • Question 7

This time, rewrite the sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

Jodie and Dale went out of the shop and walk down the street.

CORRECT ANSWER
Jodie and Dale went out of the shop and walked down the street.
  • Question 8

Rewrite the sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

The lion stood up, stretched its claws and roars at the people peering through the bars of its cage.

CORRECT ANSWER
The lion stood up, stretched its claws and roared at the people peering through the bars of its cage.
  • Question 9

This time, rewrite the second sentence correctly in the present tense.

 

Kangaroos are found in Australia. Kangaroo babies are called Joeys and the mothers carried them around in pouches.

CORRECT ANSWER
Kangaroo babies are called Joeys and the mothers carry them around in pouches.
  • Question 10

Rewrite the third sentence correctly in the past tense.

 

Laura looked around. She was sure she could hear footsteps coming up behind her. Suddenly she sees a shadow dart between the trees. She screamed.

CORRECT ANSWER
Suddenly she saw a shadow dart between the trees.
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