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Exercise 5

Verbs and actions

Does the highlighted verb in each of these sentences refer to a habitual action, a completed action or an action occurring before another action?

Here are some guidelines to help you:

Present simple: a habitual action

Past simple: a completed action

Past perfect: an action occurring before another action that happened in the past

  1. The committee agreed yesterday to pass the amendment.
  2. The committee had agreed prior to the final meeting to pass the amendment.
  3. The Federal government normally finances Health, Education and Transport.
  4. An organisation was established to identify a research project.
  5. His first report included an executive summary.
  6. An organisation had been established earlier to identify a research project.
  7. He researched the history of the town very thoroughly.
  8. Reports usually include executive summaries.

   

 

 

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