A person who writes does this with a pen or a pencil in hand:
This is an important verb that can be used for many different situations. It’s irregular, so pay close attention to the way it changes:
In these sentences and questions, the word "writing" is a gerund. Remember that gerunds function in a way that is similar to a noun, but gerunds are always singular:
When used as an adjective, you can use the past participle, "written," of the present participle, "writing."
Now try this exercise.
Directions change the verb "write" to fit the verb tense in parentheses. Write the entire sentence or question in your notebook.
1. Bob __________ a long letter. (past tense)
2. Mary needs _____ _______ to her grandmother. (infinitive)
3. The students _________ __________ several papers for class. (present perfect tense)
4. I ________ _________ you a check. (future tense)
5. ___________ is difficult if you don’t practice. (gerund)
6. The tenants received a ___________ request from the landlord to vacate their apartment in three months. (adjective)
7. Please __________ me a postcard when you get to New York. (imperative)
8. You have to work on your ___________ skills. (present participle)
9. _________ you ___________ your assignment in black ink? (past tense)
10. _________ she ever __________ an essay in English? (present perfect tense)
1. wrote; 2. to write; 3. have written; 4. will write; 5. Writing; 6. written; 7. write; 8. writing; 9. Did…write; 10. Has…written
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First published on April 6, 2013. Updated on April 27, 2017.