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 3
Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past perfect (simple).
We (to watch) several Youtube videos before we (to try) it ourselves.
My cousin (not, to help) me last week.
Before he (to get) her a present, he (to pick) some flowers in a field next to his house.
The students (to sing) a beautiful song at last year's Christmas party.
I (to design) the perfect website before I (to publish) it.
She (not, to see) the big truck coming her way.
Stephen King (to release) his first novel in 1974.
Before he (to write) 'The Shining', he (already, to write) 'Carrie'.
Why (you, to talk) to him like that?
I (to update) my computer before my hard drive (to crash).