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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Past Perfect

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of past perfect.

Choose the correct past perfect sentence to express the situations.

Example

At 7:00 I ate breakfast. At 9:00 I went to work.
I had eaten breakfast when I went to work.
I had gone to work when I ate breakfast.

The correct answer is "I had eaten breakfast when I went to work."


1.

James swam at 1:00. He stretched at 3:00.

  James had stretched when he swam at 1:00.
  James had swum when he stretched at 3:00.
     
2.

Gerry played tennis for an hour. After that he drank a beer.

  Gerry had played tennis for an hour before he drank a beer.
  Gerry had drunk a beer when he played tennis.
     
3.

Harriet waited for the bus for an hour. When it arrived, she boarded the bus.

  Harriet had boarded the bus when it arrived.
  Harriet had waited for an hour when the bus arrived.
     
4.

Nancy arrived at her house. She did not have her keys. She lost them before she got to the house.

  Nancy had lost her keys before she got to the house.
  Nancy had arrived at the house before she lost her keys.
     
5.

June had three grandchildren. She turned fifty-one after her third grandchild.

  June had turned fifty-one before she had three grandchildren.
  June had had three grandchildren before she turned fifty-one.
     
6.

Michael sent Jacob five e-mail messages before Jacob responded to the messages.

  Jacob had responded to Michael's e-mail messages before Michael sent five messages.
  Michael had sent five e-mail messages before Jacob responded.
     
7.

Pamela practised her presentation five times before she did it for the board of directors.

  Pamela had practised her presentation five times before she did it.
  Pamela had done her presentation five times before she practised it.
     
8.

Keith and Kimberly lived together for fifteen years, and then they got married.

  Keith and Kimberly had gotten married when they lived together for fifteen years.
  Keith and Kimberly had lived together for fifteen years when they got married.
     
9.

Glenda called her mother many times, but she received a busy signal. She talked to her mother after thirty minutes.

  Glenda had talked to her mother for thirty minutes when she received a busy signal.
  Glenda had called her mother many times before she talked to her.
     
10.

Karen dated many men before she met Andrew. They are married now.

  Karen had married Andrew when she dated many men.
  Karen had dated many men before she met and married Andrew.