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Recognizing Basic Verb Tenses
(Ex # 5)
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1. A bee is humming {about the flowers} {on the window sill}. | present

2. {On the clean kitchen floor} two little children were playing happily {in the sunshine}. | past

3. Mrs. Bradley will be very busy (PA) {at work} {in her great kitchen}. | future

4. The potatoes are boiling {in the kettle} {over the open fire}. | present

5. Then he dropped {on his hands and knees} and began creeping [#1] {toward the house}. | past

6. Mrs. Bradley is humming a little song (DO) and preparing the dinner (DO). | present

7. The warm sun will stream in {through the open windows}. | future

8. {In each little village} a blockhouse had been built (P). | past

9. {To this blockhouse} all the people will flee {in time} {of trouble}. | future

10. Then her eye caught sight (DO) {of two huge brass kettles} upside down [#2] {in front} {of the fireplace}. | past

1. From third graders, I would accept "began creeping" as the verb phrase here. More technically, "creeping" is a verbal (gerund) that functions as the direct object of "began."
2. Two adverbs that appear to be modifying a noun? KISS explains this as a result of ellipsis, similar to the post-positioned adjective. But in this case, we would have "kettles *which were* upside down...." Thus the adverbs modify the ellipsed "were."