Simple Past/Past Perfect - Exercises

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Exercises

Choose the correct tense (simple past or past perfect).

  1. The wind away the paper serviettes that I on the garden table.We're looking back from the first action to the second action, which had taken place earlier.|1st space: simple past|2nd space: past perfect
  2. The teacher the essays that his students .We're looking back from the first action to the second action, which had taken place earlier.|1st space: simple past|2nd space: past perfect
  3. The girls at the pictures that they the day before.We're looking back from the first action to the second action, which had taken place earlier.|1st space: simple past|2nd space: past perfect

Complete the sentences. Decide if you need to use the simple past or the past perfect.

  1. Yesterday, Mandy (go)  to a café after work.narrative past form → simple past
  2. She (sit)  down at a table outside the café and (look)  at the menu.narrative past form → simple past
  3. When the waiter (come)  to take her order, she (be)  surprised.narrative past form → simple past
  4. It (be)  James, an old friend from school.narrative past form → simple past
  5. They (see/not)  each other for at least five years.How long since a certain point in the past → past perfect
  6. So they (tell)  each other what (happen)  in the past five years.Looking back to events that took place before this point in the past → past perfect