Exercise: Verb

1. Fill in the blanks:

1. I waited for her until she ___.
will come
came
comes

2. He finished his homework as quickly as he ___.
may
could
might
can

3. He applied where he ___ find some job.
may
might
can
could
shall
should
will
would
must

4. Since she was not there, I ___ to her mother.
am speaking
was speaking
will speak
speak
spoke

5. Susan completed the work first; although, she ___ late.
starting
start
starts
started

6. As soon as she ___ the boardroom, all present stood up in respect.
enters
entered
enter

7. You must answer all questions before you ___ further.
proceeded
proceeding
proceed

8. He ___ and sought her forgiveness.
may repent
shall repent
repented
repent

9. He ___ as he was getting late.
run
runs
ran
is running
was running

10. She simply rested the whole day because she ___ not feeling well.
had
were
is
was

ANSWERS

1. I waited for her until she came.
2. He finished his homework as quickly as he could.
3. Modal verbs are: may, might, can, could, shall, should, will, would, and must. These verbs depend on the modality or the probability of its happening. May is more probable/ more nearer than might; similarly, can is nearer than could; and shall/will are nearer than should/would respectively. Must is used when there is no other option. In the given sentence, applied is past tense; hence, the modal verb should also be in past tense. Thus, the correct options are: may, might, could, should, and would.
3. He applied where he may/might/could/should/would find some job.
4. Since she was not there, I spoke to her mother.
5. Susan completed the work first; although, she started late.
6. As soon as she entered the boardroom, all present stood up in respect.
7. You must answer all questions before you proceed further.
8. He repented and sought her forgiveness.
9. He ran/was running as he was getting late.
10. She simply rested the whole day because she was not feeling well.


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