Directions: In each of the following sentences, the underlined portion may contain an error of verb tense. If there is no error, then choice A is correct.

1. When the compact disc first became commercially available, record companies packaged the discs in elaborate boxes because they feared consumers would have found the packaging of traditional records more appealing.

  1. they feared consumers would have found the packaging of traditional records
  2. they feared consumers will find the packaging of traditional records
  3. the companies had feared consumers would have found the traditional record packaging
  4. the companies feared that consumers would find the packaging of traditional records
  5. the companies feared that consumers will find the traditional packaging of records

2. Industry had never faced so many new technologies at once as they had during the digital revolution of the 1990s.

  1. Industry had never faced so many new technologies at once as they had during the digital revolution of the 1990s
  2. Industry has never faced so many new technologies at once as they have during the digital revolution of the 1990s
  3. Industry has never faced as many new technologies at once as it has during the digital revolution of the 1990s
  4. Industry had never faced as many new technologies at once as it did during the digital revolution of the 1990s
  5. Industry had never faced so many new technologies at once as it did during the digital revolution of the 1990s

3. Although early novels first appeared as serials in newspapers and magazines, by the late eighteenth century they had been published as standalone books.

  1. by the late eighteenth century they had been published
  2. by the late eighteenth century they were published
  3. by the late eighteenth century they were being published
  4. by the time of the late eighteenth century they were published
  5. by the late eighteenth century, they were publishing them

4. Although the Constitution was written to provide states with ample autonomy, it does mandate that all states have a republican form of government.

  1. it does mandate that all states
  2. it did mandate that all states should
  3. it has mandated that all states
  4. it mandates that all states will
  5. it does mandate that all states must

5. The Paris Commune, which ruled Paris for about six weeks in 1871, granted women the right to vote and had abolished the practice of night work in Paris bakeries.

  1. had abolished the practice of night work in Paris bakeries
  2. had abolished the practice of working nights in Paris bakeries
  3. abolished the practice of night work in Paris bakeries
  4. abolishing the practice of night work in the bakeries of Paris
  5. abolishing the practice of working nights in the bakeries of Paris

Answers

  1. D
  2. D
  3. B
  4. A
  5. C