ESL Easy Quiz

How Are You Doing? - Present Tense

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When you say to someone 'How are you doing?' you are using the present tense. If you said 'How were you last Tuesday?' you would be using the past tense and if you said 'What will happen on Saturday you would be using the future tense. Find out how you are doing, yourself, with this practice quiz on present tense.

  1. The answer is : 'I'm a history student.'
    The question was ... ?
    Think how you would ask someone about the work (or, in this case, study) that they spend most of their time on.
  2. The answer is : 'I'd really like some of that delicious ice-cream.'
    The question was ... ?
    The important point here is the 'unknown thing' in the bowl: think which kind of question we need, to get that information.
  3. The answer is : 'That one with the chocolate cream on top, please!'
    The question was ... ?
    One of these is the right kind of question to identify a thing among several similar items. It sounds as though only one cake is being bought, no more than that. (Let's not get greedy!)
  4. The answer is : 'Some time after six o'clock, probably.'
    The question was ... ?
    The word 'time' in the answer should be quite a strong clue.
  5. The answer is : 'I will!'
    The question was ... ?
    The simplest way to make a question is to turn the verb and its subject back-to-front. Which of these makes the best match? (You may find that the right answer 'has a familiar ring to it' ... !)
  6. The answer is : 'Because we seem to have finished the last of the kitchen paper.'
    The question was ... ?
    The answer 'because', strongly suggests one particular kind of question ... the sort that young children seem endlessly to ask their parents! It begins with a word of just 3 letters ...
  7. The answer is : 'About twenty minutes.'
    The question was ... ?
    There is one simple way to check the length of time that something takes to happen.
  8. The answer is : 'Down town for a couple of hours or so.'
    The question was ... ?
    If the answer starts with a Preposition (introducing a phrase of Place), it should be fairly clear which type of question this was.
  9. The answer is : 'Fine, thank you!'
    The question was ... ?
    You may well know this already; if not, you don't have to look very far!
  10. The answer is : 'I do!'
    The question was ... ?
    The important answer here is to identify a person. Which question do we need for that?

Author: Ian Miles

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