Past Perfect

The Past Perfect is a form of the verb that shows the action or state was complete before some time in the past.

For example: Lisa had danced before she came.

Past Perfect Story 1

Past Perfect Story 1

Where were they? What happened? What had they done?

Last night, Dane and Emily danced in a competition. They danced a salsa dance. They had practiced for 6 months before they danced in the competition. They were very good.

Dane and Emily's friends were in the audience. Before that night, they had never seen Dane and Emily dance. In fact, Dane and Emily had never danced in front of anyone before the competition.

After everyone had danced, the judges announced the winners. Dane and Emily won! They were the best dancers in the competition. Emily said she had never practiced so hard before! She was glad they had practiced a lot.

Exercises

A. Answer the following questions. Use the Past Perfect tense.

1. How long had Dane and Emily practiced before the competition?

Answer:

2. Before that night, who had seen Dane and Emily dance?

Answer:

3. What happened after everyone had danced?

Answer:

B. Rewrite the following sentences as negative sentences, yes/no questions, WH-questions (using the underlined word) and tag questions.

 

Examples for the sentence Nick had finished before noon."


Negative: Nick had not finished before noon.

Yes/No Question: Had Nick finished before noon?

WH-Question: Who had finished before noon?

Tag Question: Nick had finished before noon, hadn't he?



 

 

 

 

1. They had practiced for 6 months.

Negative:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:


2. Before that night, they had never seen Dane and Emily dance.

Positive:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:


3. They had practiced a lot.

Negative:

Yes/No Question:

WH-Question:

Tag Question:

C. Turn the following sentences into Past Perfect.

1. They (finish) the game before it rained.

2. She (save) her money for 2 years before she bought the car.

3. I (meet) him before he was my boss.

4. Tina said she (find) my purse in her car.

5. She woke up early because she (take) a new job.