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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #54353: Simple past or past perfect simple
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    Simple past or past perfect simple

    Simple past:


    Form: regular verb +ed

             irregular verb (see the list)



             positive form:I played tennis yesterday.

             negative form:he did not/didn't meet the boss.

             interrogative form:did they abide by the law?


    Use:-when an action was completed in the past in a definite time (yesterday,ago...)




    Past perfect:


    Form:subject+had+past participle.


    Use:-For first action when there are two actions in the past:to show which action was first.


           Ex:  I wrote an essay.Then, I went to sleep =


                 After I had written an essay I went to sleep.





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    1. When she (wake) up,the sun was shining.

    2. You didn't tell me that you (decide) to travel abroad.

    3. When he returned home,he saw that the postman (deliver) a small parcel.

    4. The Romans (build) fortresses all around Britain.

    5. I wish that I (see) her face when you told her the news.

    6. If only he (know) before he went on holiday.

    7. After you left,we (stay) for about an hour.

    8. If we (know),we could have given her the money.

    9. She (finish) the letter then decided to go for a walk.

    10. We (tell) him before about her illness so he was prepared for the bad news.

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