Past Simple or Past Perfect Exercise 5

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 5

Complete these sentences by filling in the correct form of the verb in the past simple or past perfect (simple).
1.
My brother (to earn) some money after he (to sign up) for the affiliate program.
2.
We (to take) our car, (to drive) to the lake and (to enjoy) the sun.
3.
(we, to have) a lot of fun when we (to be) in high school?
4.
Why (he, to drop out) of high school? Because he (to fail) almost every course.
5.
That poor guy (to break) his back last year.
6.
She (never, to swim) more than 1km before she (to attempt) to swim 5km in one go.
7.
That criminal (to kill) another man because the other man (to insult) his wife
8.
Senna (to be) the best before he (to pass away)
9.
I (not, to do) my best.
10.
Why (he, to bring) his girlfriend after I (to tell) him not to bring her?

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