Review Your Verb Forms

The following exercises call for the correct form of the principal verb. Supply the correct form of the verb in parentheses.

1. My favorite singer has never (undergo) a formal voice lesson.
2. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is (undergo) crises of varying degrees.
3. Have you (hang) your clothes in the closet?
4. Has the criminal (hang) himself to escape imprisonment?
5. Many successful leaders today had (rise) from humble beginnings.
6. We admire parents who have (teach) valuable lessons to their children.
7. Both the young and the old have (have) a lot of fun during their family reunion for the last ten years.
8. The young man had (tear) his letter of application before he left the office.
9. My pet duck has already (lay) a dozen eggs.
10. The books were neatly (lay) on the shelf.

ANSWERS
1. undergone 2. undergoing 3. hung 4. hanged 5. risen 6. taught 7. had 8. torn 9. laid 10. laid

REMINDERS
The past tense of the verb UNDERGO is UNDERWENT; its past participle is UNDERGONE and its present participle is UNDERGOING. HUNG is the usual past tense and past participle of HANG. However, HANGED is used in the context of capital punishment, suffering, or death by hanging.

LAID is the past tense and past participle of the verb LAY, which means to put or set down. The past tense of the verb RISE is ROSE and its past participle is RISEN.

The past participle of HAVE is HAD. The past tense and past participle forms of the verb TEAR are TORE and TORN, respectively.