Read the following short story and identify the tenses used. Each tense is used at least once. Once you have identified the tense from the chart below, check the following answers page.
John has always travelled Tense?____ a lot. In fact, when he was Tense? ____ only two years old when he first flew Tense? ____ to the US. His mother is Tense? ____ Italian and his father is Tense? ____ American. John was born Tense? ____ in France, but his parents had met Tense? ____ in Cologne, Germany after they had been living Tense? ____ there for five years. They met Tense? ____ one day while John's father was reading Tense? ____ a book in the library and his mother sat down Tense? ____ beside him. Anyway, John travels Tense? ____ a lot because his parents also travel Tense? ____ a lot.
As a matter of fact, John is visiting Tense? ____ his parents in France at the moment. He lives Tense? ____ in New York now, but has been visiting Tense? ____his parents for the past few weeks. He really enjoys Tense? ____ living in New York, but he also loves Tense? ____ coming to visit his parents at least once a year.
This year he has flown Tense? ____ over 50,000 miles for his job. He has been working Tense? ____ for Jackson & Co. for almost two years now. He's Tense? ____ pretty sure that he'll be working Tense? ____ for them next year as well. His job requires Tense? ____ a lot of travel. In fact, by the end of this year, he'll have travelled Tense? ____ over 120,000 miles! His next journey will be Tense? ____ to Australia. He really doesn't like Tense? ____ going to Australia because it is so far. This time he is going to fly Tense? ____from Paris after a meeting with the company's French partner. He'll have been sitting Tense? ____ for over 18 hours by the time he arrives!
John was talking Tense? ____ with his parents earlier this evening when his girlfriend from New York telephoned Tense? ____ to let him know that Jackson & Co. had decided Tense? ____ to merge with a company in Australia. The two companies had been negotiating Tense? ____ for the past month, so it really wasn't Tense? ____ much of a surprise. Of course, this means Tense? ____ that John will have to catch Tense? ____ the next plane back to New York. He'll be meeting Tense? ____ with his boss at this time tomorrow.
present perfect continuous
past perfect continuous
future perfect continuous