Past Perfect Tense Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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Try this online test to measure your understanding of the verb tense. It’s composed of three activities: multiple choice, completion, and rewriting types.

What Is the Past Perfect Tense?

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It’s a verb tense used to discuss actions completed before a specific event in the past. We form it using the auxiliary verb had and pair it with the past participle form of the verb. For example:

  • We were happy that she had graduated with honors.

Use this verb tense when referencing an event that happened earlier. For example:

  • I had gone out when Roland arrived in the office.

Anyone can use the past perfect tense in negative form. For example:

  • I was exhausted because I had not slept well.

The past perfect tense can also exist in interrogative sentences. For example:

  • Had you saved the file before the power went out?
Past Perfect Tense Exercise #1

Past Perfect Tense Exercise #1

Choose the correct answer.

Which form of the main verb should you use in the past perfect tense?
TRUE or FALSE: We use the past perfect tense when showing a sequence of events.
Which of the following is not in past perfect form?
TRUE or FALSE: Use the past perfect tense when talking about something that happened after something else.
The auxiliary verb we use in the past perfect tense is _______.
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Past Perfect Tense Exercise #2

Past Perfect Tense Exercise #2

Complete the sentence with the past perfect form of the verb.
Example: He said that the man _______ (leave).
Answer: had left

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Past Perfect Tense Exercise #3

Past Perfect Tense Exercise #3

Rewrite the sentences in negative and interrogative forms.
Please don’t remove the words negative and interrogative in the answer box.

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