Past Simple or Past Perfect Exercise 2

Sometimes it’s not clear whether you need to use the past simple or past perfect in a particular sentence. These tenses are both used to talk about events in the past. However, the past perfect is used to talk about events that happened first, so earlier in the past.

For a detailed overview of the past simple, click here. For a complete overview of the past perfect, click here.

Past simple or past perfect exercise

This is an exercise in which you need to choose between the past simple or past perfect (simple). Make sure you know which event happened first because that is important to fill in the correct tense.

You can find the exercise below:

Past Simple or Past Perfect Exercise 2

Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past perfect (simple).
1.
Before I (to go) outside, I (not, to check) the weather forecast.
2.
(you, to buy) a new car last week?
3.
She (to put on) makeup before she (to open) the door.
4.
I (already, to drive) a car before I (to pass) my driver's exam.
5.
Why (they, to buy) a new car? They (to buy) one only 3 years ago.
6.
I (not, to like) surfing when I was younger.
7.
My neighbour (to say) that his friends (to commit) a serious crime.
8.
Someone I know (to grow) his own vegetables before a big storm (to destroy) his garden.
9.
Why (he, to be) rude to that man? Because he (not, to know) yet that that (to be) his teacher.
10.
I (not, can) believe my eyes. Someone (to do) the impossible.

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