Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate
Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced
The Tower of Pisa has been under restoration for ten years.
Engineers have been working to save the Tower of Pisa!
The Tower has stood in this location since 1350.
I have been standing in line to get into the Tower since 10:00 a.m.
Have you ever visited Pisa?
I've never visited Pisa.
I haven't ever visited Pisa.
You haven't ever been to Pisa?
Yes, I haven't.
Engineers have tried to keep the Tower of Pisa from falling.
They have been trying a new method.
The bus has already been here.
We have already waited for half an hour.
The bus hasn't come yet.
I haven't waited a long time yet.
I have yet to receive our order. (before infinitive)
We have yet begun to fight. (without a negative)
We have been coming to this beach for fifteen years.
We have been coming to this beach since July, 1995.
Intermediate – Advanced ELL
We have been reading the news online every morning for many years. (indefinite timing)
Yesterday, the four of us were reading the same story on different websites. (definite timing)
As we were sharing details from our websites, we realized that the details differed. (backgrounding)
We fact-checked, discussed and determined how much truth the article presented. (series of events)
"Where did you read that?" he asked. (source, origin question)
Justin has recently graduated and is looking for work.
Beginning–Advanced ESL, Native Speakers
By 9:00, we will have finished our meeting.
By 9:15, everyone will have left.
Int.– Adv. ESL, Native Speaker
By the time I leave work, the sun will be setting. (ongoing)
By the time I leave work, the sun will have set. (completed)
I have worked as a pilot.
I have been flying to cities around the world.
I spilled my drink on the carpet. I cleaned it up afterwards. (Done. Finished. I'm not thinking about it anymore.)
You have spilled your drink on the carpet. (Because the spill remains, it is on my mind.)
The weather has been cold since the end of November.
The weather was cold in November.
Mary Morris applied for her passport last month because she will soon be leaving on a trip that she _____ about for many years.
"When the tower was closed to the public a decade ago, officials said it would be open again in just a few years. The ambitious plan to stop the tower's increasing tilt has taken far longer than expected, but officials say it is succeeding."
We've been quiet. (present perfect - active)
We're being quiet. (present progressive - active)
We've been seen by Dr. Allen. (present perfect - passive)
We 're being seen by Dr. Allen (present progressive - passive)
Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speakers
After we had ordered from the menu, we began to talk.
First, we ordered from the menu. Then, we began to talk.
We had just ordered from the menu when the electricity went off.
Jaycee (spinned, span, spun?) _____the ball on his finger last night.
Jamie (let) _____the ball drop in yesterday's final play.
Where did you get those jeans?
Where have you been (for the past few hours)?
Wow! He did a backflip!
He has done lots of backflips in his career.