Perfecting Past Perfect: 3 Fun Exercises For Fluent English

By Benjamin Essek

The past perfect tense is a crucial skill of 4 types of past tense to acquire to improve your English writing. However, effectively employing the past perfect tense can be difficult, particularly for non-native speakers. In this post, we’ll provide three exercises to help you confidently use the past perfect tense. Let’s get going and discover the past perfect tense’s potential!

Exercise 1: Choose the right answer

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Past Perfect Practice

Choose the right answerv

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Ming _____ as a carpenter before he was laid off.

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She ______ Victoria once in 1993 before she moved there in 1996.

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By the time Maria finished her report, she _______ working on the computer for over three hours.

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We _____ that car for ten years before we sold it.

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We watched TV after our daughter _______ to bed.

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Susan was late. By the time she got to school the class _______ already.

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I went to work after I _______ my dog.

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By the time my wife came home, I ______ the laundry

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Frank left the table after he _______ eating.

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Sam washed the car after he ______it with gas.

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The last time I was there it _________ a very good restaurant.

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The teacher corrected the composition I ____.

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At the party Susan ________ some cake.

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What did Andrew say that he __________ with my CD?

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The teacher asked why I _______ class early.

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Melissa ate the cake that I ______.

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I realized that I ________ the wrong book from the library.

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Marcia ______ by the time we got there.

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Tim wanted to know what _______ to his backpack.

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I was sure that I _______ the woman before.

Your score is

The average score is 78%

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Exercise 2: Complete the following sentences using the words given, add a comma between 2 answers for multiple answers

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Past Perfect Practice

Complete the following sentences using the words given, add a comma between 2 answers for multiple answers

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His old classroom was no longer grey. It __________ (be) painted green.

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Before they arrived at the airport, they _______ .. (pay) the taxi driver.

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When Kathy met Jonathan, he _______ .. (join) the Navy.

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The grass was yellow because it _____________ (not / rain) all summer.

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Her bicycle wasn’t there because a friend _______ ..… (take) it without asking her.

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My cousin _______ (never/visit) a mine until his father took him one day.

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Leonard didn’t have money for the bus because he _______ . (forget) to ask his mother.

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My father couldn’t find the money because he _______ .. (hide) it in a drawer.

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Our flat was robbed because we _______ . (not lock) the front door.

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The girl felt guilty because she _______ . (drink) all the milk.

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By the time the police arrived, the burglar _______ .. (break)into my neighbor’s house.

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Look! Somebody _______ (leave) the windows open.

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Beatriz didn’t pass the test because she _______ .. (not study) at all.

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There was a lot of snow outside because it _______ .. (snow) earlier in that day.

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Lorenzo _______  (eat) all the ice cream before I opened the fridge.

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By the time Sonia got to the party, everyone _______ . (begin) dancing.

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My father bought the new car agivene _______  (try) it a few times.

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Helen went to bed after she _______ (watch) her favourite TV programme.

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Joe Smith went to prison because he _______  (steal) a lot of money.

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The fire _______ (already/reach) the roof by the time the firemen arrived.

Your score is

The average score is 95%

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Exercise 3: Rearrange the following words into a complete sentence, conjugation if necessary

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Past Perfect Practice

Rearrange the following words into a complete sentence, conjugation if necessary

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We/TV/our daughter/watched/after/ go to bed

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Sam/gas/ washed/it/fill/ the car/ after/ he/ with gas

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I/the composition/The teacher/ corrected/write

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Melissa/ the cake/bake/ I/ eat

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I/ be/see/woman/sure/ that/ I/before

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When/ /finish/dinner,/we/we /went out.

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The robbers/steal/when /all the money /rang/the alarm.

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at the party/My kids/ didn’t eat/because / anything/ they/ had eaten/dinner/ at home

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David/When/ came/ everybody/leave

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she/After/everything /had explained/ clearly,/ we /our work/start

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we/David/arrived/ had gone /home /before

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could not /I / the song/ we/ learn/remember

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the nurse/ the/ the plaster /she/ put on /six weeks before/ took off

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tent /the/ tornado /the/ we/ build/destroyed/that

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she / call / her house / after / broke into / the / someone / in / the police / her.

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bring / the post office / here / you / package / you / the / come / before/to?

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go off / the office / we / after / the lights / leave.

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brief / the clients/objectives / we/he / about / new year’s / before / us / the / before / meet.

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save / before / he / be able / an early retirement / a lot of / have / money / to / he.

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an email/sent / a day off / he / before / his boss / take / he / to

Your score is

The average score is 80%

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In conclusion, every writer should be proficient in the past perfect tense, an essential component of English grammar. These three exercises offer a strong foundation for comprehending and appropriately using the past perfect tense. Regular practice lets you gain more assurance in your capacity to use this tense successfully. Let’s now examine the past perfect continuous tense exercises in greater detail.