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Category: English tenses

Present perfect, present simple, present continuous or past simple?

Read the questions below and decide which answer best fits each space.

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Question 1

He ... the best singer the world ...

Question 2

Betthoven ... a great artist. He ... many popular pieces of music.

Question 3

I ... you ... a teacher.

Question 4

How long ... their own flat?

Question 5

Kate and Paul ... each other for a long time.

Question 6

Thomas Edison ... the lightbulb. Well, I ...

Question 7

... the holidays? Of course, we ... such wonderful time.

Question 8

How are you? Well, I ... a sore throat, but know I ... good.

Question 9

I can't stand her. She ... talking for a while but now she ... again.

Question 10

I ... 3 essays today and it's just 1 p.m.

Question 11

It's the second time I ... here.

Question 12

When ... her

Question 13

Last news now. Tom Smith ... in his home in London. He ... 88.

Question 14

When his mother ..., he ... completely.

Question 15

Since I ... you, I found the world so new.

Question 16

... their own flat or ... one?

Question 17

How long ... this headache?

Question 18

I ... myself. How ... that?

Question 19

OK, I ... the car. We can go.

Question 20

He ... in Spain since Friday.