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Welcome to our Past Perfect Exercises. Let’s learn how to use the past perfect tense to describe moments and periods of time in the past. It is important to learn how to use them properly at this expanding stage of English where there is more focus on academic tasks and language functions. These Past Perfect Exercises teach you to talk about things that happened before a certain time in the past.

About 20 minutes.Learning how to use the past perfect tense.Expanding stage of learning English.
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When we use the past perfect, we use the past participle. Can you match the irregular verb with its past participle?

You use the past prefect by adding had + past participle (written/finished/cleaned etc.)

  • When Jack arrived at school, his first clas had already started.
  • I didn’t want to see the movie because I had already seen it before.
  • After I sent the email, I realised that I had made some spelling mistakes.

When we want to talk about things that happened before a certain period in we use the past perfect.

  • I wasn’t hungry at lunchtime as I had eaten breakfast late.
  • My dad’s car was so dirty. He hadn’t cleaned it for ages.
  • William wasn’t at school in the afternoon as he had gone to the dentist.

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully. We have many activities to get your English up to speed in no time.
The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.
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