Past Perfect

Write the sentences, putting one verb in each sentence into the Past Simple, and the
other verb into the Past Perfect.

1

When the police ______________________(arrive), the car ________________________(go).

2

When I _______________________(get) to the shop, it __________________________(close).

3

They ________________________(eat) everything by the time I ______________________(arrive) at
the party.

4

When we ___________________(leave) the beach, the rain _______________________(already / start).

5

I ______________________(try) phoning her several times but she _____________________________
(leave the country).

6

When I _____________________(find) my purse, someone _______________________(take) the
money out of it.

7

The car _____________________(go) when I _____________________(look) into the street.

8

The patient ___________________________(already / die) by the time the doctor ________________
(see) her.

9

All the garages __________________________(close) by the time we ___________________________
(cross) the border.

10

__________________________________(you / already / leave) when the trouble __________________
(start).

11

The mail _______________________________(not / arrive) when I _______________________(leave)
the house this morning.

12

By the time I _________________________(get) into town, the shops __________________________
(close).

Write the verbs in the correct tense.
1

She paid for her ticket and _______________________(leave).

2

I closed the door quietly because he __________________________(try) to sleep.

3

How many times _______________________________(she call) since he came to Hong Kong?

4

I ___________________________(know) about this for some time now.

5

They _________________________(watch) TV – their favourite programme is on at the moment.

6

I wanted to be the first to tell her the news, but it was too late. Someone __________________________
(already tell) her.

7

The children are filthy. Where _______________________________(they be)?

8

I'm going to bed. I ____________________________________(work) for hours and I'm tired.

9

I think she's the nicest person I ______________________________(ever meet).

10

Mary was cleaning the windscreen when she _______________________(notice) a crack in the glass.

11

I couldn't open the office door because someone ___________________________(lock) it.

12

I agree; I ____________________________(not think) you should apologise.

13

When I phoned her, she ___________________________(do) her homework.

She _________________________(have) a bath at the moment. This is my last month.14 We _________________________________(wait) for three-and-a-half hours when John finally arrived. 43 She __________________________________(work) here for several years – four or five I think. Mr Brownlow _________________________(tell) the staff to go home. He ____________________________(clean) his shoes. Why ________________________________________(they not arrive) yet? 32 They're very angry. 26 He had been working in the garden. 40 When he warned them about the police. I could hear them from my room. 42 Oh! You _____________________________(buy) a new dress. 17 Oh! You ____________________________(have) a shave. I _____________________________(not understand). 45 He'll be ready in a moment. 21 Sorry. 23 ________________________________(you be) here before? 24 There was nobody at the office. but they _______________________________(already do) it. 33 I wanted to help with the washing-up. . 44 We ___________________________________(sit) in the sunshine for about twenty-five minutes when I suddenly felt sick. 15 When I shouted. 18 I _______________________________(do) military service for eighteen months. they _________________________(leave) the country. 35 Peter was cleaning the flat and John ____________________________(cook) dinner. 19 We _______________________________(travel) for about four hours when we realised that something was wrong with one of the tyres. Could you say that again please? 22 We ___________________________(stay) in the cafeteria until the rain stopped and then went home. they _________________________(jump) off the roof and _____________________ (run) away. 34 It's the most comfortable car I ___________________________________(ever drive). 16 Don't phone her just now. 36 I had a pleasant surprise when I got to my room. the children ______________________________(try) to sleep. 20 Mary will be ready soon. but he __________________________(stop) when he saw us. 27 I couldn't drive to work because Mary ____________________________(use) the car. You look strange without a beard. She ___________________________(talk) to her boss. 30 I ______________________________________(never trust) him since he started working here. 31 I'm worried. 37 ______________________________(you agree) that we should tell him tomorrow? 38 They couldn't leave the studio when I called because they __________________________(edit) a film. 28 How many times _________________________________(you see) him since he went to Edinburgh? 29 Peter and Jane ____________________________(argue). someone ________________________(put) some flowers there for me. 41 Don't make a noise. 39 I ________________________________(use) the machine for some time when I realised that there was no ink in it. They _________________________________(try) to see you for the last two or three hours. 25 I signed the register and _________________________(go) upstairs to my room.

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