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Past Simple or Past Perfect?

Average: 3.8 (42 votes)

These two tenses are both used to talk about things that happened in the past. However we use past perfect to talk about something that happened before another action in the past, which is usually expressed by the past simple.

For example:

"I had already eaten my dinner when he called."
In other words, First I ate my dinner, then he called.
The past perfect is often used with already, yet, just and even.

In the following sentences, do we need the past simple form of the verb, or the past perfect? The first two questions should remind you when we use each tense.

Note on questions 3 & 6: There is a possibility of both being correct BUT as we have two actions in the past and the homework happened first, it is better to use past perfect

Today's lesson is by Caroline

Link: Can you name the tenses?

Link: Verb Tense Review

  • 1. I can't believe she ___ my sandwich!



  • 2. I couldn't believe she ___ my sandwich!



  • 3. He ___ his homework so he was allowed to eat with us.



  • 4. I ___ of going to Italy before she suggested it.



  • 5. What ___ today?



  • 6. We ___ all our water before we realised there wasn't any left.



  • 7. We ___ the test when she told us there wasn't any time left!



  • 8. My dog ripped my dress! I was so upset, I ___ it!



  • 9. My Dad ___ to the supermarket this morning to buy some milk.



  • 10. I ___ for my exam all morning so I was really upset when I didn't do well.







Comments

Past Simple or Past Perfect

It was a piece of cake, but I made 1 mistake in the last sentence. I think that the correct choice doesn't add up:
I ___(hadn't revised) for my exam all morning so I was really upset when I didn’t do well. Sad Maybe it's a typo.
As for me, I don't think that it's easy to mix up Past Perfect with Past Indefinite, but Past Indefinite vs Present Perfect is a real challenge!!!
Anyway, thank you, Caroline, for a useful review.

Fixed!

Somehow, the wrong answer was showing for question 10. It has now been fixed.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Chris

Which Tenses?

My mistake - in the last sentence - I didn't understand which Tenses we needed to use??? May be it is also correct to use BOTH? Worried
Thank you for the Lesson. Smile

not easy to apply

This is quite useful lesson for us in Tenses.
But i feel decision to make a correct sentence of tenses
will take a longer time than i expected. It needs to apply
mind in English Knowledge
My dad went to supermarket this morning to buy milk
I know you 'll write the simple past is the right answer. Can I
write that in the present perfect such as
My dad has gone to the supermarket this morning to buy milk.
I consider that this action is unfinished as dad is yet to return from
the supermarket Some explanation is required from Chris.
Thanks in advance.

p.s and p.p

thank you, Caroline, for a useful review.

9/10

it`s good

i like it

thanks

Why

I have known all of them expect #1
and I don't understand it, why?

1. I can't believe she ___ my sandwich!
Wrong!



 

why just ate and why not had eaten?
will you answer me?
thanks

Umberto

please why sentence number 10 ?

10. I ___ for my exam all morning so I was really upset when I didn't do well .
why is it revised ? however there is two past

thanks alot Smile