Past Perfect Simple Past Perfect Continuous Exercises

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Movie Worksheet: Krampus

  1. Past Perfect Exercises

Past simple / Present perfect (simple / continuous) Past simple and Present perfect. The past simple is used to talk about completed actions at a particular point in the past, often with dates or times and words like yesterday, last and ago. Kurt went to Canada in 1991.; I didn't see you yesterday. The Present perfect is used to talk about. A) recent actions or events when no.

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  • Exercise 2 - Past perfect simple and continuous. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Use contractions where possible. Peter was Sally's best friend. She(know) him all her life. The children were wet because they(play) football in.
Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Present Perfect, Crime and Punishment, Movie + Video + Cartoons
The pre-intermediate kids whom I teach absolutely hate fantasy movies and comedies, so I decided to engage them into the conversation and learning by offering a movie 'Krampus: the Christmas evil' ..
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Review of Past Tenses

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Present Perfect
A thorough revision of past tenses and narrative tenses, with concept checking and practice. Here, students revise their knowledge of past tenses (simple, continuous and perfect), check functional ..
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Gap-fill Story with Vocabulary and Verb Tenses

Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple
In this worksheet learners are asked to fill in a story about Tom, with illustrations to facilitate them write the words needed and also to put the verbs in brackets in the the right past tense. I ..
12 18,973Pre-Int

St Patrick's for Teens and Young Adults

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, United Kingdom
Here you'll find some cards including information about St Patrick's day. All of them are taken from history sources. It is very useful should you prepare a history and culture class about Ireland ..
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Jeopardy (New Matrix Intermediate)

Past Perfect Continuous, Quizzes and Hunts, Recycling and Revising, Coursebook Resources
This is Jeopardy-style presentation based on the New Matrix course book for Intermediate ESL learners. Themes: Body language, Present Perfect / Present Perfect Continuous / American vs. British E ..
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Past Perfect Continuous

Grammar » Verb Tense Worksheets » Past Perfect Continuous
This worksheet contains the explanation of the past perfect contionuous tense and some exercises for its drilling (which I prefer to be done in pairs) like matching, completing/finishing the sente ..
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Past Perfect Exercises

Upper Intermediate Level Tense Revision

Passive Voice, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Past Simple vs. Present Perfect
This worksheet has different types of exercises such as a cloze text, finding mistakes, actives or passives as well as an answer key in the end. It covers all tenses and students have spend time o ..
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Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous
This is a worksheet for teaching the differences between the past perfect and past perfect continuous at pre-intermediate level. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked ..
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Past Perfect Continuous Intermediate Worksheet

Grammar » Verb Tense Worksheets » Past Perfect Continuous
This is a worksheet for revising the past perfect continuous at intermediate level. There are 3 activities in which students are asked to put the verbs in brackets into the past perfect conti ..
8 22,023Pre-IntInt

Overview of Past Tenses

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple
This PPT contains rules of usage of all the past tenses including examples for each situation. With the help of these sentenses you can elicit these rules from your students if they are upper-inte ..
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Past Perfect Continuous Intermediate Worksheet

Grammar » Verb Tense Worksheets » Past Perfect Continuous
This is a 2-page worksheet for teaching or revising the past perfect continuous.There are 4 different activities in which students are asked to complete the sentences with the correct form of the ..
8 18,803Pre-IntInt

Tense Revision

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple vs. Present Perfect
It's a multiple-choice test in 10 variants to check your students' knowledge of different verb tenses. It enables the teacher to avoid cheating during the test. The test gives students the opportu ..
21 18,615Pre-IntInt

A Ghost Story

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Halloween, October
It's Halloween season. If your students are fed up with pumpkins and costume parties, maybe they will be interested in reading a spooky story. However, they will have to complete it by choosing th ..
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7 Communicative Activities to Review the Past Perfect Progressive: Poster

Past Perfect Continuous, Classroom Posters
Looking for new fun activities to review the Past Perfect Progressive? Here's our latest reference poster from the 'Grammar' series that contains 7 short activities that your students will adore! ..
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Tenses: Grammar Exercise

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous
Students have to fill in the blanks with correct answer based on the questions given.They also must rewrite the following affirmative statements as questions, negative statements, negative questio ..
12 20,023Pre-Int

Movie Worksheet: Knowing + Writing activity

May/Might, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Movie + Video + Cartoons
This is a 15 question activity about the movie Knowing, starring Nicholas Cage. Its main topics are the paranormal, the Apocalypse, the end of the world, etc. The questions are designed to get the ..
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Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous
This is a worksheet contrasting the past perfect and the past perfect continuous tense. There are 4 pages with different activities in which students are asked to fill in the blank spaces with th ..
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Song Worksheet: Freelove by Depeche Mode [with VIDEO]

Past Perfect Continuous, Present Perfect Continuous, ESL Songs For Teaching English
A famous song by Depeche Mode can be used to illustrate the usage of Present Perfect Continuous or Past Perfect Continuous. After listening, filling in the gaps and some singing, give the student ..
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Past Perfect Speaking Activity

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous
There are a number of bizarre situations that your students are involved in that they have to explain what happened and why they were in this situation. For example 'Tom was seen running down the ..
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Past Simple & Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple
This is a grammar worksheet aimed at practising the use of Past Simple and Past Perfect Continuous. It includes two exercises. First, students have to make up a sentence using the given expression ..
19 27,685Pre-IntInt

Past Perfect Continuous Exercises

Grammar » Verb Tense Worksheets » Past Perfect Continuous
This worksheet is aimed at intermediate students who have just learned this tense and need some exercises to practice it. Here are 15 sentences. Hope the exercise will be useful.
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Past Tenses Practice

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple
This worksheet was created to check your students' knowledge in the usage of Past Tenses. There are 22 sentences - some are short and rather easy, others are quite long and difficult and therefore ..
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Test on Past Tenses and Present Perfect

Past Continuous, Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple, Past Simple vs. Present Perfect, Present Perfect
Continuous
A short test consisting of 15 sentences with words in the brackets, that have to be changed into suitable tenses.
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Past Perfect vs Simple Past vs Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect, Past Perfect Continuous, Past Simple
It's a great exercise to see if students can distinguish the uses of the simple past, past perfect and past perfect continous. It is a kind of mixed past tenses exercises. Hope other teachers fin ..
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Present Perfect Continuous Activity

Grammar » Verb Tense Worksheets » Past Perfect Continuous
Students use the pictures to make Present Perfect Continuous sentences
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1. Fairytale dominoes
This is a game from Intermediate Communication Games that can easily be played without access to the book. Students continue a story by choosing from pictures that they have spread out on the table in front of them, continuing until they bring the story to a conclusion with the very last picture. To make the use of Past Perfect higher, allow them to add pictures to earlier in the story with phrases like “By the time he arrived back at the castle, the witch had already kidnapped the princess”. You can play the same game with other kinds of story such as murders and spy stories (crime vocabulary), science fiction or love stories. If you can’t find suitable pictures, students can play the same game with relevant words on cut up pieces of paper.

2. Alibi game
Half the class are suspects for the murder of someone in the school, and the other half are their alibis. In pairs, they have to create the stories of what they were doing elsewhere at the time of the murder. They are then questioned separately, and the pair with the most differences between their stories are the guilty ones. This is one of the all time classic TEFL games and gets students who are usually shy or uninvolved speaking much more than usual.

3. Business English alibi game
With some careful preparation, the concept of the alibi game can be extended into other fields such as Business English. Prepare slips of paper with typical business daily tasks such as “send a fax”. Students set them out to make an imaginary business day and then try to memorize their own day. Another student then tests them on the order of the events with questions like “Had you already finished lunch when you started gossiping?” or “How many things had you achieved before the meeting with your boss started?” You can also add the Past Continuous by allowing them to place some of the slips of paper vertically to represent things that lasted a longer time during which other things happened (slips of paper placed next to them horizontally).

4. Past Perfect Kim’s Game
Another game that can be played with the same pieces of paper as the Business English Alibi game above is for one student to move around the pieces of paper showing the sequence of events in the day and for the other person to spot and explain the changes, e.g. “Now it says I had already polished my shoes when I put them on, but actually I put my shoes on and then polished them”.

5. Guess what order
A personalized version of the Business English Alibi Game above is for students to guess the order of their partner’s actions yesterday or at the weekend. One student says two things they did and their partner has to make a true sentence, keeping the same order in the sentence as they were said in, e.g. “When you had a shower, you had already finished breakfast” or “You had a shower and then you had breakfast”. This activity can also be used to contrast the Past Perfect and Past Continuous.

6. Guess the sequence
An longer version of Guess The Order above that has more vocabulary in it is for students to show their partner a mixed up list of 10 things they did yesterday or at the weekend and for their partner to put them in order using questions like “Had you already left the office when you phoned your wife?”

7. Yesterday’s schedule spot the differences
Give them schedules with differences of order of the events to ask and answer questions about such as “How many times had you studied maths by the end of school on Thursday?”

8. Texts spot the difference
This is similar to Yesterday’s Schedule Spot the Difference, but involves reading and therefore maybe more useful language input. Give them two texts that have the same events in a different order, e.g. texts of what people said during alibi interrogation. This can be used as the lead in to the Alibi Game above.

9. Guess what happened next
A student says the Past Perfect part of a true sentence about themselves and their partner tries to guess the true Simple Past part, e.g. “I had been sacked” “You had been sacked from your previous job when you entered this company?” “Wrong! That was from the job before last”

10. Sentence completion guessing game
Give students ten to twenty sentence stems that you know that most people can complete almost all of in some way, e.g. “When I joined this class…” or “I had never felt more excited before in my life when…” Tell them to complete at least half the sentences. They then read out only the part they have written and their partners guess which sentence it is a completion of, e.g. “I had already worked in twenty three places” “When you started in your present company?” “No. Try again.” “By the time you started university?” “That’s right!” “Wow! How come?”

11. Your partner’s day backwards (the Memento game)
Starting when their partner went to bed, students see how many true sentences they can make about things they did before that, working backwards slowly, e.g. Mathematical words beginning with j. “When you went to bed, you had already brushed your teeth” “That’s right” “When you brushed your teeth, you had already had a shower” “Wrong! I had a shower after I cleaned my teeth. My turn.”

12. Who had been busier competition
Choose a time of day yesterday and students try to prove they had been busier or more productive up to then than their partner, e.g. “By 6 pm yesterday, I had typed 20 A4 pages” “That’s nothing. By 6pm yesterday I had made 20 phone calls” “Really? I still think typing is more difficult though…”

Perfect past tense formula. The Past Perfect Formula. The formula for the past perfect tense is had + past participle. It doesn’t matter if the subject is singular or plural; the formula doesn’t change. When to Use the Past Perfect. So what’s the difference between past perfect and simple past?

13. Past participle pron SNAP/ pellmanism
Doing the Past Perfect is a good opportunity to spend some time on the pronunciation of the Past Participle. One way of improving their pronunciation while actually making the process seem simpler rather than more complicated is get them to match up past participles like “bought” and “caught” by their vowel sound (students often overcomplicate things by trying to make sounds that don’t exist in English to show distinctions in spelling when in fact the pronunciation is exactly the same). This will also help them learn the forms so that they can produce them automatically and so can concentrate on using Past Perfect in the right situations.

14. Vowel sound brainstorm
Another way of practicing the vowel sounds of the Past Participle is to get students to race to write as many as they can with a particular vowel sound within the (2 to 5 minute) time limit. After going through their answers, you can get them to repeat the process, but this time writing sentences with those past participles out in full.

15. I’ve been had!
Another difficulty associated with the pronunciation of the Past Perfect is using “’d” (because using the whole word “had” can seem too emphatic, as if you are contradicting someone) and spotting the difference between “’d” = had and “’d” = would in context. Students listen to sentences including “had” (because it is a short answer or a contradiction), “’d = would” or “’d = had” and only react when they hear the third of those forms, for example by racing to put their hands up as quickly as possible or slapping their card on their table before their partner does.