Past perfect tense Exercises in English language

The past perfect tense is an essential component of English grammar, allowing speakers and writers to express actions that were completed before another action in the past. By mastering this tense, you can provide clearer timelines and more precise contexts in your storytelling and communication. The past perfect is formed by using "had" followed by the past participle of the main verb. For example, "She had finished her homework before she watched TV." This structure helps to highlight the sequence and relationship between past events, offering a deeper layer of meaning to your sentences. In these exercises, you will practice using the past perfect tense in a variety of contexts. You'll encounter sentences that require you to identify and correctly form the past perfect, as well as scenarios where you must decide whether the past perfect is the appropriate choice. These activities are designed to build your confidence and competence in using this tense, ensuring you can effortlessly incorporate it into your everyday English usage. Whether you're preparing for exams, enhancing your writing skills, or simply looking to improve your fluency, these exercises will provide the practice you need to master the past perfect tense.

Exercise 1

<p>1. By the time we arrived at the station, the train *had left* (verb for departing).</p> <p>2. She felt relieved because she *had finished* her exam early (verb for completing).</p> <p>3. When they got to the beach, it *had started* raining (verb for beginning).</p> <p>4. He didn't get the job because he *had forgotten* to send his resume (verb for not remembering).</p> <p>5. The team celebrated because they *had won* the championship (verb for victory).</p> <p>6. By the time I found my keys, someone *had taken* my parking spot (verb for taking possession).</p> <p>7. We couldn't watch the movie because they *had sold* all the tickets (verb for selling).</p> <p>8. She was upset because her favorite show *had ended* (verb for concluding).</p> <p>9. When I checked my phone, I saw that I *had missed* several calls (verb for not receiving).</p> <p>10. He was exhausted because he *had worked* all night (verb for laboring).</p>
 

Exercise 2

<p>1. By the time we arrived at the theater, the movie *had already started* (verb for beginning).</p> <p>2. She *had finished* her homework before her friends came over (verb for completing).</p> <p>3. They *had never visited* that museum before last weekend (verb for visiting).</p> <p>4. When I called him, he *had left* the office (verb for departing).</p> <p>5. After they *had eaten* dinner, they watched a movie (verb for consuming food).</p> <p>6. He *had just closed* the door when the phone rang (verb for shutting).</p> <p>7. We *hadn’t seen* each other in years before the reunion (verb for seeing).</p> <p>8. By the time she arrived, the meeting *had ended* (verb for concluding).</p> <p>9. The train *had departed* before we reached the station (verb for leaving).</p> <p>10. She was tired because she *had worked* all night (verb for working).</p>
 

Exercise 3

<p>1. By the time she arrived, they *had finished* their meal (complete the past perfect form of "finish").</p> <p>2. He *had never seen* a shooting star before that night (complete the past perfect form of "never see").</p> <p>3. When we got to the theater, the movie *had already started* (complete the past perfect form of "already start").</p> <p>4. She *had lived* in Paris before moving to London (complete the past perfect form of "live").</p> <p>5. By the end of the year, they *had saved* enough money for their trip (complete the past perfect form of "save").</p> <p>6. He *had written* three novels before he turned thirty (complete the past perfect form of "write").</p> <p>7. They *had never traveled* outside their country until last summer (complete the past perfect form of "never travel").</p> <p>8. When I called him, he *had already left* the office (complete the past perfect form of "already leave").</p> <p>9. We *had waited* for over an hour before the bus finally arrived (complete the past perfect form of "wait").</p> <p>10. She *had studied* French before her trip to Paris (complete the past perfect form of "study").</p>
 

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