Exercise 1. Put the verb in brackets into the Past Indefinite and the Past Perfect.
1. They hardly (go) when aunt Julia (wander) slowly into the room. 2. He hardly (reach) the door of his office when he (encounter) two young men. 3. He scarcely (take) a few steps along the street, when three men (appear) from around the corner. 4. No sooner he (start) to play than one string on the violin (break). 5. They barely (leave) the room when the chaos (break) out. 6. No sooner they (arrive) at Rougemont than her sister (ring) up from home about an accident with her little daughter. 7. No sooner the curtains (fall) than he (rise) to go. 8. Hardly he (ask) his questions when she (answer) them. 9. He scarcely (take) off his coat when he (begin) to read the letter. 10. Scarcely Nell (settle) herself on a little heap of straw in the corner, when she (fall) asleep. 11. The rain nearly (stop) when he (reach) his hotel. 12. He scarcely (say) the first words when she (interrupt) him.
Exercise 2. Put the verb in brackets into the Past Indefinite and the Past Perfect.
1. She realized that she was going to faint. She (eat) nothing since the picnic. 2. His wife (not / be) in. She (go) out a quarter of an hour before. 3. After dinner Mr. Grag proposed a game of cards. He (not / play) cards since his illness. 4. Dr. Lecter (be) English, though he (live) in America for thirty years. 5. His smile (be) something she never (see) before. 6. We hardly (leave) the town, when it (begin) to rain. 7. He (come) into the room a moment after I (get) there. 8. When he (return) at eleven o’clock the telegram (arrive). 9. When they (go) I (get) busy at the desk. 10. When evening (fall) their son (leave) the house. 11. I hardly (be) there five minutes when Mrs. Brown (come) in with the coffee. 12. The moon (not / rise). There was nothing to dispel the dark of the night. 13. Scarcely they (move) into the new house when their friends (come) in. 14. The evening (go) off easier than she (expect). 15. But the village he (show) her (be) the best he ever (see). 16. Just at that moment a boy and a girl (come) and (sit) down where the old couple (be) before. 17. I (keep) silence for a little while, thinking of what he (tell) me. 18. Soames (spend) the night at Winchester, a place he often (hear) of but never (see). 19. She (know) why he (come). 20. Within a week she (know) the fearful mistake she (make).
Exercise 3. Open the brackets using Past Simple or Past Perfect.
1. He (to study) French before he (to enter) the university. 2. Jenny (to say) that he (to get) his education in Cape Town. 3. The boy (to want) to act the main part in the play because he (to organize) the theatre. 4. Jenny (not to know) who (to attack) him in the darkness. 5. The girl (to be) glad that she (to find) a seat near the window. 6. Suddenly he (to remember) that he (not to ring) her up in the morning. 7. By the time the train (to reach) the city, he (to make) friends with many passengers. 8. When his uncle (to leave), he (to hurry) to the station to book a ticket. 9. She (to think) that Girt and Jenny (to quarrel). 10. When I (to come) home, my mother (to tell) me that she (to receive) a letter from grandpa. 11. Where you (to work) before you (to enter) the university? 12. On my way to school I (to remember) that I (to leave) my report at home. 13. He (to open) his eyes, (to look) around and (to try) to remember what (to happen) to him. 14. All the passengers (to see) at once that the old man (to travel) a great deal in his life.