Purple Level Quiz #20:  cut  (ANSWERS)  write by hand

Directions: Put the verb “cut” into the correct verb tense or form. Some verbs are negative.

1. My neighbor cuts his grass with an electric mower. (present tense)

2. She cut her hand while she was cooking. (past tense)

3. I usually cut coupons from the newspaper to save money. (present tense)

4. He is cutting red meat out of his diet. (present continuous tense)

5. The scissors weren’t cutting properly, so I threw them out. (past continuous tense — negative)

6. Did the team cut him from the roster? (past tense)

7. Cut up some carrots and potatoes for the soup. (imperative form)

8. That knife is sharp. Don’t cut yourself. (imperative form — negative)

9. What will they cut out of their budget for next year? (future tense)

10. If Jeff doesn’t cut that tree branch soon, it will probably fall down on his house. (present tense — negative)

11. His hair wasn’t cut very well. It looks uneven. (past tense, passive voice — negative)

12. Cutting through all that government bureaucracy isn’t an easy task. (gerund)

13. They decided to cut their loses and get out of the stock market completely. (infinitive)

14. Fifty employees were cut from the payroll in order to save money. (past tense, passive voice.

15. Despite several weeks of negotiations, the two companies couldn’t cut a deal. (could — negative)

16. Tanya had to cut the meeting short so that she could get to the airport on time. (have to, past tense)

17. The power company is going to cut off their electricity if they don’t pay their bill. (“going to” future tense)

18. Has the wedding cake been cut yet? (present perfect tense, passive voice)

19. Barbara had never cut anyone’s hair before she tried to give her son a haircut. (past perfect tense)

20. The lumber is being cut right now. (present continuous tense, passive voice)


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