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Past Perfect

Write the sentences, putting one verb in each sentence into the Past Simple, and the
other verb into the Past Perfect.

When the police ______________________(arrive), the car ________________________(go).

When I _______________________(get) to the shop, it __________________________(close).

They ________________________(eat) everything by the time I ______________________(arrive) at


the party.

When we ___________________(leave) the beach, the rain _______________________(already / start).

I ______________________(try) phoning her several times but she _____________________________


(leave the country).

When I _____________________(find) my purse, someone _______________________(take) the


money out of it.

The car _____________________(go) when I _____________________(look) into the street.

The patient ___________________________(already / die) by the time the doctor ________________


(see) her.

All the garages __________________________(close) by the time we ___________________________


(cross) the border.

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__________________________________(you / already / leave) when the trouble __________________


(start).

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The mail _______________________________(not / arrive) when I _______________________(leave)


the house this morning.

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By the time I _________________________(get) into town, the shops __________________________


(close).

Write the verbs in the correct tense.


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She paid for her ticket and _______________________(leave).

I closed the door quietly because he __________________________(try) to sleep.

How many times _______________________________(she call) since he came to Hong Kong?

I ___________________________(know) about this for some time now.

They _________________________(watch) TV their favourite programme is on at the moment.

I wanted to be the first to tell her the news, but it was too late. Someone __________________________
(already tell) her.

The children are filthy. Where _______________________________(they be)?

I'm going to bed. I ____________________________________(work) for hours and I'm tired.

I think she's the nicest person I ______________________________(ever meet).

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Mary was cleaning the windscreen when she _______________________(notice) a crack in the glass.

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I couldn't open the office door because someone ___________________________(lock) it.

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I agree; I ____________________________(not think) you should apologise.

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When I phoned her, she ___________________________(do) her homework.

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We _________________________________(wait) for three-and-a-half hours when John finally arrived.

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When I shouted, they _________________________(jump) off the roof and _____________________


(run) away.

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Don't phone her just now. She ___________________________(talk) to her boss.

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Oh! You ____________________________(have) a shave. You look strange without a beard.

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I _______________________________(do) military service for eighteen months. This is my last month.

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We _______________________________(travel) for about four hours when we realised that something


was wrong with one of the tyres.

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Mary will be ready soon. She _________________________(have) a bath at the moment.

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Sorry, I _____________________________(not understand). Could you say that again please?

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We ___________________________(stay) in the cafeteria until the rain stopped and then went home.

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________________________________(you be) here before?

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There was nobody at the office. Mr Brownlow _________________________(tell) the staff to go home.

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I signed the register and _________________________(go) upstairs to my room.

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He had been working in the garden, but he __________________________(stop) when he saw us.

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I couldn't drive to work because Mary ____________________________(use) the car.

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How many times _________________________________(you see) him since he went to Edinburgh?

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Peter and Jane ____________________________(argue). I could hear them from my room.

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I ______________________________________(never trust) him since he started working here.

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I'm worried. Why ________________________________________(they not arrive) yet?

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They're very angry. They _________________________________(try) to see you for the last two or three
hours.

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I wanted to help with the washing-up, but they _______________________________(already do) it.

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It's the most comfortable car I ___________________________________(ever drive).

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Peter was cleaning the flat and John ____________________________(cook) dinner.

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I had a pleasant surprise when I got to my room; someone ________________________(put) some


flowers there for me.

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______________________________(you agree) that we should tell him tomorrow?

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They couldn't leave the studio when I called because they __________________________(edit) a film.

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I ________________________________(use) the machine for some time when I realised that there was
no ink in it.

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When he warned them about the police, they _________________________(leave) the country.

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Don't make a noise; the children ______________________________(try) to sleep.

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Oh! You _____________________________(buy) a new dress.

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She __________________________________(work) here for several years four or five I think.

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We ___________________________________(sit) in the sunshine for about twenty-five minutes when I


suddenly felt sick.

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He'll be ready in a moment. He ____________________________(clean) his shoes.