Tenses Answer Key

A) Complete the following exercise with the correct form of the verbs in parentheses.

1. Hi, I (be) Matt Rotell, a friend of Alice's.

2. Oh, yes. Alice (mention) you the other day. Gee,

   you (not look) like a detective.

3. Well, that's good, I (guess).

4. I'm curious. Tell me, how you (decide) to become

    an undercover cop?

5. Well, when I (be) a kid, I (love) to read detective

    novels. By the time I (be) ten, I (read) every book

    in the Hardy Boys series. I (know) that I (want) to

    go into law enforcement.

6. But according to Alice, you (attend)

    law school nowadays.

7. Right. I (get) married last month. I (not mind)

    being on the police force when I (be) single, but ever since I

    (meet) Nicole, my wife, I (want) to do

    something less dangerous.

8. I (understand). By the way, you

   (have) any luck yet with those counterfeiters?

9. Well, I (follow) them for more than a month now, but

    so far I (not be able to) catch them in the act.

    Sometimes I (worry) that by the time they're caught, I'll have

    my law degree and I'll be defending them!

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