Right form of verbs

A farmer (a) — (take) some sacks of wheat to a mill. The mill (b) — (be) a few kilometers ways. On the way the horse (c) — (stumble) and one of the sacks fell to the ground. It (d) — (be) too heavy for the farmer to lift and there was nobody around to help him. He (e) — (wonder) what to do. Meanwhile, he saw a horseman (f) — (come) towards him. As the rider (g) — (come) nearer, the farmer recognized him. It was no other than the nobleman who (h) — (live) in a grad house at the top of the hill. The poor man (i) — (think) of approaching the rider. He was at a complete loss. But the nobleman (j) — (stop) in front of the farmer and got off the horse to help the poor man.

(a) was taking (b) was (c) stumbled (d) was (e) wondered (f) coming (g) came (h) lived
(i) did not think (j) stopped

Education (a) — (mean) mental and moral training. It is the light that (b) — (clear) off the darkness of ignorance from our mental horizon. The development of a nation totally (c) — (depend) on its system of education. The percentage of literacy of our country (d) — (be) 52 plus. But it is very painful that though the government (e) — (take) steps to increase the development of education, it gradually (f) — (decrease). The students do not concentrate their mind on studies. Violence takes place in the educational institutions. Those who have passed the exam during this critical period (g) — (be) not well educated. There is lack of proper planning in our education system. The educational institutions are planless. The teachers not (h) — (give) proper attention to their classes; rather they give more attention to coaching center. As a consequence, the students (i) — (become) derailed to get rid of his indiscipline. To improve the standard of education in our country, the students as well as the high officials of government (j) — (shall) come forward and work heartily to achieve the desired goal.

(a) means (b) clears (c) depends (d) is (e) takes (f) decreases (g) are (h) do not give (i) become (j) should

Set- 3
Robin and Hafiz (a) — (be) good friends. Robin (b) — (leave) for Dhaka. There he (c) — (try) hard, but could not find a suitable job. So he (d) — (to have) to come back to his village. Hafiz (e) — (be) not highly educated. He (f) — (know) that he could not find a good job. So he (g) — (join) a youth training course. There he (h) — (learn) how to be self-employed. He took a bank loan of Tk. 1,00,000 and (i) — (start) a dairy farm. Now he has three cows and five claves. His average monthly income is Tk. 8,000/-. His bank loan (j) — (repay) soon.

(a) were (b) left (c) tried (d) had (e) was (f) knew (g) joined (h) learnt (i) started (j) will be repaid

Long, long ago there (a) — (be) a king in Scotland. His name was Robert Bruce. He was a very good king. He (b) — (love) his country and his subjects very dearly. His subjects also (c) — (have) a great love and respect for him. Once his enemies (d) — (make) a plan against him. They (e) — (fight) against him and (f) — (drive) him away. The king (g) — (go) to a forest and took shelter in an old fort. Many of his faithful subjects joined him there. The king (h) — (sit) idly there. He formed a troop. He attacked his enemies again and again. But every time he (i) — (defeat). He had no hope of getting back his kingdom. One day the king was lying in the floor and saw a spider (j) — (try) to reach the roof and succeeded on the eighth attempt.

(a) was (b) loved (c) had (d) made (e) fought (f) drove (g) went (h) did not sit (i) was defeated (j) trying


  1. Fill in the gaps with the correct form of verbs as per subject and context. 5

For three years now Dhaka (a) — (ranked) 2nd from bottom in the Economic Intelligence Unit’s survey of 140 cities under The Global Liability Index. The scores (b) — (base) on five major criteria — health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure. That Dhaka tops only Damascus, (c) — (be) no comfort for the million residents of Dhaka. However, we are not altogether (d) — (surprise) by the results; we (e) — (downgrade) our environment by its systematic destruction. There is lack of proper public transportation, and the horrendous traffic system and poor management (f) — (cost) the GDP 1-2 percent in annual growth according to Asian Development Bank’s latest estimate. Our score of 29.2 on a scale of 100 is identical with Damascus and we (g) — (be) aghast to learn that Dhaka (h) — (lag). Damascus (i) — (experience) siege and bombardment over the last four years whereas Dhaka (j) — (have) at peace for over four decades since independence.

(a) has been ranked (b) are based (c) is (d) surprised (e) have downgraded (f) is costing (g) are (h) is lagging (i) has experienced (j) has been

Real Estate groups and various private organizations as well as some influential persons (a) — (encroach) the lakes and canals in Dhaka city and built huge installations. Thus they (b) — (change) city’s landscape and posed dangers and miseries for the city dwellers during rainy season. Illegal concrete structures (c) — (build) by occupying many wet lands and low-lying lands though they (d) — (protect) by law. But these grabbers show their thumbs to law and by (e) — (bribe) the corrupt officials of RAJUK. manages to occupy them for years. City planners and urban experts (f) — (express) their concern over these illegal structures by (g) — (grab) wetlands and low-lying lands but things go on (h) — (unchanged). The remaining canals and lakes (i) — (die) slowly as grabbing (j) — (increase) more rapidly.
(a) have encroached (b) have changed (c) have been built (d) are protected (e) bribing (f) have expressed (g) grabbing (h) unchanged (i) are dying (j) is increasing.

Dengue fever (a) — (be) a virus fever. No other fever is so dangerous as dengue fever. Aedes, a kind of mosquito and the monkey carry this virus. This sort of mosquito (b) — (find) in Africa. It (c) — (lay) eggs on standing or stagnant water. This germ (d) — (spread) all over the world through the sea vessels from Africa. Aedes also lays its eggs on the standing water on the plastic bottles, plastic container, tyres, green coconut plates, polythene etc. If Aedes mosquito (e) — (bite) a healthy man, virus may get into his body or blood. The man (f) — (attack) with dengue fever (g) — (feel) severe pain in the whole body, dizzy headache, red spots at different parts of the body and unnatural stools (h) — (find). The Aedes mosquito’s biting causes troubles in the bowel movement of a person. If the symptom of this disease (i) — (find), we must consult with a doctor at once and take medicine as per his advice. In Bangladesh, this dengue fever (j) — (break out) in an epidemic form. So, we need to be very much cautious about this disease.


(a) is (b) is found (c) lays (d) spreads (e) bites (f) attacked (g) feels (h) are found (i) is found (j) has broken out.


Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses. Use negatives where necessary.




express — make — accept — change — orbit — find — observe — want — declare — leave


Galileo was born in Italy in 1542. His father (a) — him to study medicine. But he became a professor of mathematics (b) — his medicine course. Galileo observed the solar system with a telescope (c) — by him and came to the conclusion that the earth and other planets orbit the sun. Previously Copernicus (d) — the same view which went against the Bible. The Church forced Galileo to disown his views publicly but he did (e) — his real belief till his death in 1942. Thought his view was not (f) — them, he was right in his observation. Later, the church (g) — him right. Nowadays, people of all classes can easily (h) — with more powerful telescope that the earth and the planets (i) — the sun as seen and (j) — by Copernicus and Galileo.


Answer-8: (a) wanted (b) leaving (c) made (d) expressed (e) not leave (f) accepted (g) declared (h) observe (i) orbit (j) found.




protect — travel — invent — find — modernize — appear — light — feed — keep — escape


Men have travelled ever since they first (a) — on earth. In primitive times they did not travel for pleasure but to find new places where their herds (b) — or to (c) — from hostile neighbours or to (d) — more favourable climates. Their journeys were long and tiring. They (e) — on foot. They (f) — themselves with simple handmade weapons, and by (g) — fires and above all by (h) — together. Now, they are using modern transports. They are still trying to (i) — all (j) — things and objects.


Answer-9: (a) appeared (b) fed (c) escape (d) find (e) travelled (f) protected (g) lighting (h) keeping (i) invent (j) modernized.




need — learn — go — modify — desing — understand— improve — talk — speak — teach


Communicative competence in English is urgently (a) — in our country. The present world, (b) — fast and developing by leaps and bounds. In order to keep pace with the present world we cannot help (c) — English. But the present system of teaching and learning English is not up to the mark. The textbooks (d) — for the classes IX-X have to (e) — and made updated. The learners of our school and colleges (f) — and write English fluently. They can’t even (g) — their listening skill. As a result they fail to (h) — when the native speaker (i) — to them in English. The teachers also don’t (j) — methodically.


Answer-10: (a) needed (b) is going (c) learning (d) designed (e) be modified (f) can not speak (g) improve (h) understand (i) talks

 (j) teach.




come — compare — start — distinguish — enlighten —limit — get — say — dispel — make


Education (a) — mankind. It (b) — to light which (c) — the darkness of ignorance and helps us (d) — between right and wrong. Ex-president Julius Nyerere of Tanzania way back in 1947 (e) — in an international conference that the primary purpose of education was the liberation of man from the restrictions of habits and attitudes which (f) — his humanity. In our country the Govt. (g) — “Food for Education” programme so that all children can (h) — proper education. So, we (i) — forward with a view to (j) — this attempt a success.


Answer-11: (a) enlightens (b) is compared (c) dispels (d) distinguish (e) said (f) limit (g) has started (h) get (i) should come (j) making.




spread — keep — protect — look — grow — be — bellow — communicate — have — sing


Whales have a way of (a) — with their own kind. They (b) — in contact with one another through snores and groans. A herd (c) — over several square miles almost certainly knows where everybody (d) —. Whales have loud voices. A blue whale can (e) — as loud as a lion. Mother whales (f) — strong feelings for their young ones. They (g) — after them until they are (h) — up enough to swim and (i) — themselves. It is learnt that whales can (j) — in chorus to enjoy themselves.


Answer-12: (a) communicating (b) keep (c) spreads (d) is (e) bellow (f) have (g) look (h) grown (i) protect (j) sing.



Complete the passage with suitable verbs from the list. Put them in the correct tenses, Use negatives where necessary.



The transport problem in Dhaka has (a) — growing more quickly than in other cities of Bangladesh because there (b) — too many people in Dhaka and not enough space. The population has been (c) — very quickly in recent years. Dhaka has now become very (d) — city. Very few cities in the world (e) — as crowded as Dhaka. Moreover, there are 25% slum-dwellers who are (f) — here and there and occupying a lot of space in the roads and streets. They are also responsible for traffic jam. However, the government has not been (g) — idle and doing nothing about this growing problem. They (h) — building new roads and (i) — narrow roads wider. New double deckers have also (j) — imported to lessen the problems of the people.

Answer no-13: (a) been (b) are (c) increasing (d) crowded (e) are (f) living (g) sitting (h) are (i) making (j) been




The world (a) — gloomy in the absence of a true friend. A man who (b) — alone is either an angel or a beast. Thus, arises the need for a true and honest friend. True friends, no doubt, (c) — rare in this world. Mr. rifat is my best friend. He has (d) — my class fellow since my early days. He (e) — of a very good and respectable family. His parents (f) — well-to-do. He (g) — all the qualities of head and heart. Devotion to duty, obedience to elders and love for youngers (h) — his gerat ideals. As a matter of fact, I (i) — lucky that a person like Rifat is my best friend. These qualities (j) — tempted me to call him my true friend.

Answer no-14: (a) looks (b) lives (c) are (d) been (e) comes (f) are (g) possesses (h) are (i) am

(j) have.