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SAT Verb Tense Quiz

Do you know your perfect tense from your past tense? Do you know whether you can mix past tense with present perfect? Below are a few questions to help you hone your grammar chops!

1. Before moving to New York, she has lived in California for five years.

2. Ever since I was a child, the Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie.

3. We waited for Mary for an hour before she had finally shown up.

4. She has been at the top of her class for four consecutive quarters.

5. In 1994, few have known of the Internet; by 2014, few in developed world will have been without an Internet connection.



1. had lived

We want the past perfect because we are describing an ongoing event in the past that happened before another event (moving to New York).

2. has been

Present perfect is used to describe an event that started in the past and continues in the present.

3. had waited…showed up

We need the past perfect to describe the event that happened first: waited. The second event in the past, takes the simple past.

4. Correct

5. Knew…will be

Simple past is used to refer to an event at a specific point in the past (1994). Simple future is used to describe an event at a fixed point in the future (in 2014 few will be without an….).

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About Chris Lele

Chris Lele is the GRE and SAT Curriculum Manager (and vocabulary wizard) at Magoosh Online Test Prep. In his time at Magoosh, he has inspired countless students across the globe, turning what is otherwise a daunting experience into an opportunity for learning, growth, and fun. Some of his students have even gone on to get near perfect scores. Chris is also very popular on the internet. His GRE channel on YouTube has over 10 million views. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh GRE blog and High School blog! You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook!

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