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Verb Exercises

Verb Exercises

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Pick out the correct form of the verb in parenthesis.

The work of God (is, are) not done by great people but by ordinary people who (is, are) committed to him. We may say to God, \u201cI am nothing. I (have, has) nothing; I often fail miserably. Do you really want to use me?\u201d

The answer to such question as this (lie, lies) in God\u2019s Word and actions. The
hesitant, inarticulate Moses (was, were) chosen to lead Israel to freedom. Men of the
herds and flocks, as well as fishermen and farmers (was, were) tapped to accomplish
His work and record His words. A simple carpenter, along with a peasant girl, (was,
were honored to raise His son.

God still works that way. Although we (have, has) \u201cmega methods,\u201d mass media and
superchurches, it (is, are) ordinary people who (do, does) God\u2019s extraordinary work.
Each of us (have, has) been chosen. None (have, has) been overlooked as instruments
of God, who (choose, chooses) \u201cthe weak things of the world to put to shame the
things which (is, are) mighty.\u201d


Every day, thousands of people (travel, travels) to Shenzhen, China and all (head, heads) straight for Lo Wu Commercial City, a giant shopping mall that (sell, sells) imitations of luxury items. Its 500,000 square feet of retail space (make, makes) Lo Wu the world\u2019s capital of counterfeit goods.

About 95% of the shoppers eagerly (pay, pays) $58 for a bogus Rolex watch. The
thing they have in common (is, are) their purchases of imitation Gucci shoes, Fendi
clothing and Chanel wallets for a fraction of the prices charged for the real thing.
Scuffles often (break, breaks) out as shoppers (struggle, struggles) for the most
popular goods.

What a commentary on man\u2019s tendency to value outward appearance more than
reality! We (pay, pays) big money for the right \u201clook\u201d even if neither the merchandise
nor the labels (is, are) authentic. This tendency can also be seen in spiritual matters.
Like the Pharisees, many (create, creates) an opportunity of being devoted to God but
their hearts are far from Him.


While crossing the Atlantic on a ship, a Bible teacher and author (was, were) asked to
speak to the passengers. The audience (was, were) very receptive to F.B. Meyer\u2019s
message about answered prayer. But there (was, were) one unbeliever \u2013 an agnostic.

Later that same day, the agnostic went to hear Meyer speak to another group of
passengers. But before he went to the meeting, he put oranges in his pocket. On his
way, he passed an elderly woman who (was, were) fast asleep in her deck chair, with
her arms outstretched and her hands open. Taking the oranges from his pocket, he put

one in each open hand. After the meeting, the agnostic saw the woman happily eating

one of the oranges.
\u201cYou seem to be enjoying that orange,\u201d he remarked with a smile.
\u201cYes, sir,\u201d she replied. \u201cMy father is very good to me.\u201d
\u201cWhat (do, does) that mean?\u201d pressed the agnostic.

She explained, \u201cI (have, has) been seasick for days). Nothing (have, has) induced me to
eat. I asked God to send me an orange somehow. I fell asleep while I (was, were) praying
When I awoke, there (was, were) not only one but two oranges from God.\u201d

The unexpected confirmation of Meyer\u2019s talk was absolutely amazing. Neither the
agnostic\u2019s stubborn reluctance to accept God\u2019s word nor his long-held prejudices (was,
were) strong enough to withstand this evidence of God\u2019s grace.

Fill in the blanks with the present form of the verbs in parentheses. Be sure to use the s-form for
singular third-person subjects.
1-2. Most modern scholars_________________ (acknowledge) as true parables only

short narratives that____ ________ (teach) spiritual lessons.
3. The Bible____________ _ (contain) four gospels.
4. Many of these parables_ __________ (appear) most in more than one place in the

first three gospels.
5. In some instances, Luke\u2019s Gospel alone________ ____ (recount) a parable.
Why does the Bible have four gospels? Aren\u2019t they repetitious?
6-7. Certainly not, when you_____________ (consider) how crucial a role each

parable______________ _ (play).
8-9. These factual eyewitness account of what Jesus said_____________ (form) the
base on which our knowledge of Jesus Christ____________ (rest).
The parables_________ _______ (make) clear to us Jesus\u2019 message of salvation.
Every one of them____________ (give) us a glimpse of the solid structure of the
Christian doctrine.
These stories_________ _____ (tell) us how we should act toward our neighbor,
toward ourselves and toward God.
13-14. We can always fund a parable that____________ _ (answer) a particular question,
that______________ (solve) a personal predicament.
We____________ (derive) comfort from them.
Use either the simple present or the present continuous forms of the verbs in parentheses. Where
modifiers are given, put them in their proper places.

I_________ (read) the Bible every day. I______ ______ (devote) at least thirty minutes
a day to this self-imposed study. When I_______ _____ (come) across a line that I__________
(like) while I_________ ______ (read), I_______ _____ (jot) it down or_____________
(underline) it.

Sometimes there are passages I_____________ (not understand). While I_ __________
(try) to get their meaning. I____________ (gaze) out the window or at the ceiling. Often , my
sister______________ (come) into my room while I_____________ (mull) over a passage. She
always______________ _ (ask) me what the matter______________ (be). She hasn\u2019t gotten
used yet to the far-away look I_____________ (get) when I___________ ___ (concentrate) on a
difficult thought.

I really_____________ (wish) people wouldn\u2019t bother me when I______ ______ (be) deep in my Bible study. I______________ (think) of putting a sign on my door, KEEP OUT- BIBLE STUDY IN PROGRESS! I___________ __ (hope) that will do the trick.

Use either the simple present, the simple past or the past continuous tense to fill the blanks in the
parable that follows. Be guided by the time expressions or any other clues provided. Put any
modifiers given in their proper places.

The kingdom of heaven us already a reality to those who___________ (follow) the
Messiah, but its universal glory_____________ (lie) ahead. Nobody_____ _______ (know) the
day or the hour when he will face his Creator. Therefore, everyone______ _______ to be alert.

The charming parable of the Ten Virgins illustrates this point. In the parable,vi rgi ns
_____________ (mean)bri desmai ds. This parable _______________ (take) us to a typical
village wedding in the Middle East.

At the wedding that Jesus spoke of in his parable, the bride____________ ___ (choose)
ten of her relatives and friends as bridesmaids. They____________ (go) to the bride\u2019s house
early to help in the wedding preparations and to await the bridegroom. While they

______________ (wait) the ten young girls were very busy. All day long, they ______________
(whirl) about, getting things ready for the wedding. All the time that her bridesmaids
_______________ (fuss) over details, the bride _____________ (remain) hidden, in keeping
with Oriental custom.

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