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Verbs and Mood, Voice, Number, Person and Tense Practice Exercises for English Grammar

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Aug 12, 2011

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Verbs and Mood, Voice, Number, Person and Tense for English Grammar

Review Exercises

  1. In the following sentences indicate the mood of each of the italicized verbs as shown in these examples:
      Are they really at home every evening? __indicative__
      Send them to bed at once! __Imperative__
      I wish I were seventy years old again. __subjunctive__
  1. They will remain together provided that Father consents.   _____
  2. If I were the boss here, I would do things differently.   _____
  3. Corporations find that the interest rates they must pay fluctuate widely.   _____
  4. Are you really supporting yourself comfortably by painting?   _____
  5. Were you the oldest person on the team?   _____
  6. Stay away from television and cigarettes.   _____
  7. Some dictionaries provide guidance in correct usage.   _____
  8. As long as you remain alert, you will find the access road.   _____
  9. Wildflowers give us much pleasure.   _____
  10. He will be honored with a doctorate provided he makes a substantial donation.   _____
  11. Never give up the fight!   _____
  12. Swimming against the tide fatigued him greatly.   _____
  13. American history has been his specialty.   _____
  14. If he wants to succeed, he must work.   _____
  15. If you want to succeed, work hard.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      I wish that he (was, were) not here.
      I demand that she (leave, leaves).
      If I (was, were) King, I would be the happiest man on earth.
  1. Heaven (forbid, forbids) that she should marry a clone of her first husband.
  2. I request that the Board of Elections (pay, pays) particular attention to votes cast in the Twelfth District, where all the town cemeteries are located.
  3. I wish she (was, were) going to medical school in my place.
  4. If she (insist, insists) on paying the bill, it will be all right with me.
  5. If the theater (was, were) nearer my house, I would be able to walk there.
  6. The judge ordered that widows and orphans (are, be) protected.
  7. (Come, Comes) what may, I shall forever believe I mistreated him.
  8. A member of the opposition moved that the meeting (be, is) adjourned.
  9. We request that they (are, be) barred from the meeting.
  10. I would make the situation clear to him if he (was, were) here.
  11. I think James (was, were) sound asleep on the beach when the poor boy died.
  12. I ask only that I (am, be) treated with respect.
  13. We believe that the bill (was, were) counterfeit.
  14. If he (was, were) here, he would make everything clear.
  15. I recommend that he (apologize, apologizes) at once.
  1. In the following sentences, indicate the voice of each of the italicized verbs as shown in these examples:
      They have gone home.   __active__
      He has climbed that mountain many times.   __active__
      That mountain has been climbed before.   __passive__
  1. Politicians are perceived by the voters in various ways.   _____
  2. The voters perceive politicians in various ways.   _____
  3. Novels of quality entrance their readers.   _____
  4. When will you paint the exterior of your house?   _____
  5. Is your house being painted?   _____
  6. The barn door, of course, must be rehung.   _____
  7. Flies carry disease.   _____
  8. The meals will be delivered to the homeless when they are ready.   _____
  9. Many countries are experiencing severe drought.   _____
  10. Many countries have experienced drought.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, underline each verb, and indicate its number, as shown in these examples:
      The cat raised its back high.   __singular__
      The house is up for sale.   __singular__
      Our neighbors have left for Florida.   __plural__
  1. They will be going home early tonight.   _____
  2. Nothing is better than blueberry pie and chocolate ice cream.   _____
  3. The Hudson is one of the most beautiful rivers in the United States.   _____
  4. Vermont and New Hampshire hardly ever cooperate.   _____
  5. Has your daughter been sitting there all alone?   _____
  6. Have you and Sue been sitting there together?   _____
  7. He will be leaving right after dinner.   _____
  8. They find themselves at a total loss for words.   _____
  9. Instead of a real lunch, we will be having pizza and beer.   _____
  10. This machine has seen better days.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      I (be) in complete agreement with everything you say.   __am__
      Today we (be) completely opposed to all your ideas.   __are__
  1. Cats (have) an extraordinary ability to get their own way.   _____
  2. A cat (have) complete freedom to roam in our neighborhood.   _____
  3. England (be) no longer a world power in the minds of many.   _____
  4. The countries of Europe finally (achieve) economic unity in the coming years.   _____
  5. Economic strength and political vitality (go) hand in hand.   _____
  6. Snow and ice (collect) in our driveway every winter.   _____
  7. Unpaid parking tickets (be) my greatest problem right now.   _____
  8. Ian (have) always been a good lawyer, the judge said.   _____
  9. Mark Twain still (find) a large readership among Russians.   _____
  10. Many countries of Africa (be) beginning to exploit valuable natural resources.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      At the time of her death, Rose's principal hobby (be) all types of stitchery.   __was__
      On most subjects, Jane and John now (be) in agreement.   __are__
      He found that there (be) little use in continuing work on his novels and plays.   __was__
      The aggression he observed in apes, large cats, and other mammals (be) also reported by other investigators.   __was__
  1. The first violinist, unlike other members of the string section, (be) not ready to play when the conductor raised his baton.   _____
  2. The first violinist and the entire string section (be) unwilling to rehearse, because the conductor is so difficult to work with.   _____
  3. Beyond the knoll (lie) deposits of rock of the right type for the beautiful house he wants to build.   _____
  4. The necessity of assuring adequate stores of food and drink (be) not recognized by many of the inexperienced hikers who undertook the climb.   _____
  5. Of primary importance (be) a supply of clear drinking water, if one is selecting a home site.   _____
  6. After the dinner, there (be) going to be two long speeches by the candidates.   _____
  7. Once the sap begins to flow next spring, there (be) going to be work for all of us.   _____
  8. After the principal address was given, there (be) few of us still awake in the room.   _____
  9. People are our main concern, even though there (be) many other problems facing us.   _____
  10. Inflation and recession no longer (be) the most serious public concerns in our country.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      An apple and an orange (be) in every lunch box.   __are__
      Pie or cake (be) the perfect dessert after such a meal.   __is__
      Neither Kate nor her friends (play) the piano.   __play__
      Every boy and girl alive (be) either a little Liberal or else a little Conservative.   __is__
  1. Salami and eggs (be) my favorite dish.   _____
  2. Spokane and Takoma (be) in the State of Washington.   _____
  3. Neither Alfred nor Fred (want) to be present when the bill arrives.   _____
  4. Either Lucy or her father (carve) the turkey at our house.   _____
  5. Neither goats nor sheep (allow) to graze now in the upper pasture.   _____
  6. Either Anne or her brothers (be) welcome here.   _____
  7. All good sons and daughters (take) their turns at doing the dishes.   _____
  8. A pound of potatoes (go) far when all the children have left home.   _____
  9. Three carrots and one parsnip (be) all you need to complete the stew.   _____
  10. Two thick lamb chops or one small steak (feed) our little family.   _____
  11. One duck and three geese (swim) in our pond every morning.   _____
  12. Twelve votes for or one vote against (be) all we need for an acceptable decision.   _____
  13. One bus and three taxi cabs (stand) ready to take the delegates to the meeting.   _____
  14. The employees and their elected leader (agree) on the terms of the contract.   _____
  15. Strawberries and cream (be) all I want to eat today.   _____
  16. Every man and woman (have) a single vote.   _____
  17. Every edition of the New Testament (have) admirers and attackers.   _____
  18. He praised most of the television plays and movies that (produced) last year.   _____
  19. Flowers or cards (comfort) the bereaved.   _____
  20. Each member of the group and their friends (carry) part of the load.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      The board always (vote) the way its leaders tells it to vote.   __votes__
      Athletics (be) one of her great interests when she was an undergraduate.   __was__
      The majority (realize) that in many ways they have no more power than the smallest minorities.   __realize__
  1. He says that his committee (expect) to vote tomorrow.   _____
  2. The minority always (vote) with a single voice.   _____
  3. Politics (make) strange bedfellows, but so do many other human enterprises.   _____
  4. While a number (be) defecting, many others will stay behind.   _____
  5. The team (work) well as a unit and will probably win most of its matches.   _____
  6. An American crowd (leave) most of its garbage behind once it has dispersed.   _____
  7. Committees often (have) no other function than to meet and issue useless reports.   _____
  8. The contents of my wife's purse always (amaze) me.   _____
  9. The table of contents (be) never omitted from our company reports.   _____
  10. A dozen (be) much too expensive for my poor pocketbook.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, indicate the person and number of each of the italicized verbs as shown in these examples:
      Thoreau is a favorite of intelligent young people.   __third person singular__
      Even strangers smile at the child.   __third person plural__
      We cannot condone such outrageous behavior.   __first person plural__
  1. Dick and Lucy were good friends.   _____
  2. Your mother and father will be welcome for dinner.   _____
  3. Can you find your way alone?   _____
  4. Michael and I will be looking for rooms.   _____
  5. We return on the day after Labor Day.   _____
  6. They decided against supporting us.   _____
  7. You never achieve all the goals you set.   _____
  8. I shall be calling you one day soon after I return.   _____
  9. Cows provide milk and cream.   _____
  10. Books have been his best friends.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, indicate the tense and voice of each of the italicized verbs as shown in these examples:
      Shakespeare continues to interest scholars.   __present, active__
      The plays of Shakespeare have continued to interest scholars.   __present perfect, active__
      Many plays of Shakespeare are produced each year.   __present, passive__
  1. Research and teaching supplement and reinforce one another.   _____
  2. Compliments have been exchanged regularly by political friends and enemies alike.   _____
  3. They find private enterprise in its unregulated form still possible today.   _____
  4. They have been calling for justice for all men and women.   _____
  5. Ian will be forty years old next year.   _____
  6. The minister surely will be calling on you soon.   _____
  7. Many are called, but few are chosen.   _____
  8. Many National Guardsmen are being called to active duty.   _____
  9. You will soon find yourself in even greater peril.   _____
  10. By the time he was promoted, he was old and tired.   _____
  11. She had decided to forgo any further effort on my behalf.   _____
  12. Architects are found only in metropolitan areas.   _____
  13. Many of the books they treasured had been mutilated.   _____
  14. You soon will receive your final grades.   _____
  15. Alice has failed to comprehend the true situation.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the required verb forms, as shown in these examples:
      She has (write) a letter to her father every week.   __written__
      I (see) an exciting movie last week.   __saw__
  1. We spent the afternoon (dive) for shells off the reef.   _____
  2. The horse (run) a strong race, even though it came in second.   _____
  3. Why did the unripe apple (fall) to the ground?   _____
  4. The bell tolled mournfully, and the old men and women (wring) their hands.   _____
  5. I have (show) you all the shoes of your size in the store.   _____
  6. By evening, the hangman (lead) the patriot to the gallows.   _____
  7. We have (lay) in a good supply of potatoes.   _____
  8. Codfish is (eat) all winter.   _____
  9. You can be sure that they (get) all that was coming to them.   _____
  10. He (dive) three times trying to reach the automobile.   _____
  11. Helen (lie) in her bed until noon that day.   _____
  12. Dorothy (shrink) the dress until it fitted her.   _____
  13. Savings and Loans have (lend) money unwisely.   _____
  14. The bells in the tower (ring) for fifteen minutes yesterday.   _____
  15. We sometimes regret words we have (speak).   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the appropriate forms of the verbs as shown in these examples:
      I (eat) many great meals since arriving in Paris.   __have eaten______
      Two hours (pass) since you called.   __have passed______
      The volcano no longer (erupt) regularly.   __erupts______
  1. Dick (be) forty-seven years old next December.   _____
  2. Pomegranates (eat) by many people in recent years.   _____
  3. The language you speak (hurt) my ears.   _____
  4. Nursing homes (become) a permanent part of our lives once families stopped caring for their older members.   _____
  5. The stores (raise) their prices again and again.   _____
  6. As difficult as it is to believe, she (be) eighty years old.   _____
  7. She never (call) her broker during the business day.   _____
  8. (Be) there any way out of the economic mess we're in?   _____
  9. Cigarettes are harmful to health especially when smokers (inhale).   _____
  10. Hurry, children, the school bus (leave) on time this morning.   _____
  11. By the time the police arrived, the criminal (escape).   _____
  12. By the time the passengers arrive, the ship (leave).   _____
  13. Margaret (learn) to swim when she was three years old.   _____
  14. The earth (turn) continuously on its axis.   _____
  15. Every dog must (have) its day.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the appropriate forms of the verbs as shown in these examples:
      She had decided to go to the country by the time her mother (return).   __returned__
      Once she (make) up her mind, she never changes it.   __makes__
  1. A courtesy car was no longer supplied, even though customers (like) it.   _____
  2. Large automobiles did not disappear even though the manufacturers (learn) gasoline economy.   _____
  3. Jane found the letter that (deliver) to her secretary.   _____
  4. The book was sent in a wrapper that (give) no indication of its contents.   _____
  5. I have always eaten spinach because I (like) it.   _____
  6. Even though many passengers (miss) the plane, it left the gate on time.   _____
  7. As he (watch), most of the children left the bus.   _____
  8. While we (wait), many of the guests sat down to eat.   _____
  9. Students find their work piling up when the term (come) to a close.   _____
  10. They will have completed their jobs by Tuesday, which (be) the scheduled final date for the project.   _____
  11. The lecturer emphasized that the Romantic Period (be) rich in poetry.   _____
  12. Deirdre said that imagination (be) the key to successful fiction.   _____
  13. Oak leaves stayed on the trees long after winter (arrive).   _____
  14. When most current plays (act) no more, the works of Ibsen will continue to be popular.   _____
  15. Snow remains on the ground in Vermont until spring (be) well under way.   _____
  1. In the following sentences, supply the correct form of the verb as shown in these examples:
      Peary established that man (be) the master of the Arctic ice.   __is____
      My daughter told me that Gulliver's Travels (be) her favorite book in childhood.   __was____
  1. He found that the endless sand of the desert (be) too much for him.   _____
  2. Jason found through experience that there (be) more to skiing than having expensive equipment.   _____
  3. Gloria's speech will emphasize that freedom (entail) responsibility.   _____
  4. The weather report did not say that we (have) snow tomorrow.   _____
  5. He intends to take the early flight, which (depart) tomorrow at 9 o'clock.   _____
  6. Dictionaries usually supply the meanings of all words that students (use).   _____
  7. Engineers and scientists always agreed that the accuracy of the slide rule (be) sufficient for most of their work.   _____
  8. The argument that the defendant (be) the slave of his habits did not sway the jury in this case.   _____
  9. The lecturer went on at great length to prove that Hardy and Conrad (know) the lives of ordinary people and (portray) those lives accurately.   _____
  10. The growing cost of education means that taxes (continue) to increase in the next decade.   _____
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