U6:Simple Past VS Past Perfect Simple


Test your knowledge on Simple Past and Past Perfect Simple. After submitting your answers, you will see how well you have done in the test.


Write down the correct form (pronoun + verb).
Simple PastPast Perfect Simple
I / go
he / drive
they / put
you / feel
she / stop


When do we use which tense?
  1. 'Already' is a signal word for ... 
  2. 'before that day' is a signal word for ... 
  3. 'first' is a signal word for ... 
  4. 'up to then' is a signal word for ... 
  5. 'then' is a signal word for ... 


When do we use which tense?
  1. If we give past events in the order in which they occured, we use ... 
  2. If from a certain time in the past we look back to what had happened before, we use ... 

Signal Words

Simple PastPast Perfect Simple
  • first
  • then
  • already
  • up to then
  • before that day
  • after*
*Note: "After" is only used as a signal word for Past Perfect if it is followed by a subject + verb, meaning that one action had been completed before another action began (the new action is in Simple Past).

Choosing the correct form

Choose the correct tense (simple past or past perfect simple).
  1. We  away the flowers that we .
  2. Wendy  the letter that she .
  3. The gardener  the trees that he .
  4.  into the taxi that my friend  for me.
  5. She  to wear the jumper that her mum .

Filling in the correct form

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or past perfect simple).
  1. Yesterday a boy (destroy)  the snowman that we (build) .
  2. Jimmy (tell)  us about the film that he (see) .
  3. We (find)  the mobile phone that Marwin (lose) .
  4. He (sing)  a song that I (hear / never)  before.
  5. Cathrine (open)  the window that I (close / just) .


Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or pas perfect simple).
  1. It (be)  a cold and rainy Sunday, so I (decide)  to finish the essay that I (start)  writing a few days before.
  2. (switch)  on the computer and (open)  the document.
  3. Then I (begin)  looking for my notes that I (handwrite)  on a sheet of paper.
  4. But the notes (be)  not on my desk and I (can / not) remember where I (put)  them.
  5. (turn)  the whole house upside down.
  6. And where (find / I)  my notes?
  7. (leave)  them in the sitting room, under a huge staple of papers and magazines.
  8. Now that I (find)  my notes, I (want)  to continue writing my essay.
  9. First I (know / not)  what to write but then I (have)  lots of ideas.
  10. (complete / almost)  my essay when my computer suddenly (crash)  and I (notice)  that I (forget)  to save the document.
  11. After I (reboot)  my computer, I (see)  that at least 5 of the pages I (type)  (be)  missing.
  12. So I (have)  to start all over again.

Exercises on "Simple past Vs. Past Perfect Simple"  Level 3

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