Past Simple or Past Perfect Exercise 4

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 4

Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past perfect (simple).
1.
He (to give) me a car before he (to pass away).
2.
(we, to offend) our friend by not going to his party?
3.
I (to love) playing video games when I (to be) a kid.
4.
Why (you, to wash) your car last week?
5.
We (not, can) believe why the teacher (to scream) so hard.
6.
He (to close) the door and (to go) outside.
7.
The boss (to order) new chairs after someone (to fall) off one of the old ones.
8.
My sister (to read) the book before she (to watch) the film.
9.
Why (he, to help) the enemy?
10.
I (to buy) a new bike before I (to break) my arm.

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