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Test 26. Mixed tenses. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form.


1. We (to come) home by the evening tomorrow.
2. We (to finish) his project by the end of the next week?
3. She (to do) my homework by five o'clock tomorrow.
4. When I come home tomorrow, my family (to have) lunch.
5. When they (to come) to the party tomorrow, I (to cook) dinner. I (to finish) it by 5 pm.
6. If the weather is fine, we (to go) to the picnic.
7. You (to complete) the project by the end of the week?
8. What you (to do) by the end of the year?
9. What you (to make) by five o'clock tomorrow?
10. You (to finish playing) tennis by 7 pm?
11. You (to do) this project by next Friday?

Test 20. Past Simple or Past Perfect?

1. I (enjoyed/had enjoyed) the film even though I (saw/ had seen) it before.

2. I got up late that morning so when I (arrived/had arrived) at the station, the train (already left/had already left).

3. I couldn’t speak to them because when I (phoned/had phoned), they (went/had gone) out already.

4. We realized that we (met/had met) before as soon as we (saw/had seen) each other.

5. They (lived/had lived) in their house for twenty years when they (decided/had decided) to sell it.

6. My sister (bought/had bought) me à novel but I (already read/had already read) it.

7. As soon as I heard his voice, I (knew/had known) we (met/had met) before.

8. When I (opened/had opened) the door, the lesson (already began/had already begun).

9. She (painted/had painted) the wall before the children (came/had come) home.

10. The pupils (didn’t finish/hadn’t finished) the test when the bell (rang/had rung).

11. I (met/had met) Ann à week ago. She (just returned/ had just returned) from à business trip.

12. As soon as I (heard/had heard) à cry, I (ran/had run) out of the room.

13. I (tried/had tried) to phone John in the morning, but he (already left/had already left).

14. The children (didn’t clean/hadn’t cleaned) the room before their parents (came/had come) home.

15. I (finished/had finished) writing the project at 6 o’clock yesterday.

16. I (wrote/had written) the composition by 6 o’clock yesterday.


Test 21. Past Simple, Past Continuous or Past Perfect? Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form.

Yesterday Ann (1)(see) a strange man leaving the house. She (2)(notice) that he (3)(wear) a raincoat, and she (4)(wonder) why because it (5)(be) hot and sunny. The man (6)(not see) her. He (7)(begin) to walk away but he (8)(stop) suddenly and (9)(get) into a blue car that (10)(be) parked near the corner. Ann (11)(notice) a large bag by the wall. She was frightened as she (12)(watch) a programme about bombs the night before. So she (13)(decide) to phone the police. By the time they (14)(arrive), the man (15)(go).


Test 26. Mixed tenses. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct form.

À funny thing happened to me the other day. I (1)(be) in à hurry to get to work and I found that my car wasn’t working. I (2)(have) to rush out of the house to catch the bus. While I (3)(walk) along the street, I (4)(notice) à woman of about my age on the opposite side of the road. I looked at her again and I (5)(realize) that we (6)(meet) before. She arrived at the bus stop à couple of seconds after me. ‘She must be catching the bus, too,’ I thought. We (7)(just miss) the previous bus and we had fifteen minutes to wait before the next one. I looked at the woman behind me again and I was sure that I (8)(know) her.

‘Excuse me, have we met before? I’m sure that I (9)(recognize) you,’ I said. She looked à bit surprised, but she (10)(tell) me that her name was Angela Barker.

‘You (11)(study) history at Liverpool University from 1985 to 1988!’ I shouted.

‘That’s right!" she replied, ‘And you’re Claire….?’

‘Lewis. Well, my name was Lewis but I (12)(be) married now. What you (13)(do) nowadays?’ I asked.

‘Well, I (14)(work) in the Central Museum in town and I (15)(live) in this area, in George Street, for about three years,’ she replied.

‘You’re joking! I (16) (not believe) you. I live round the corner from there. We (17)(be) neighbours for three years and we (18)(never see) each other!’ I said.

‘I know, it’s incredible!’ she (19)(agree), ‘And I’m glad that you spoke to me because I wondered why you (20)(look) at me all the time!’


Ex. 1. Use the Past Perfect Tense.

Examples: Why didn’t you listen to that play on the radio?
a) Because I had heard it before.
b) / didn’t listen to that play on the radio, because I had heard it before.

  1. Why didn’t you see Fred when you came to Moscow? (leave)
  2. Why didn’t Kate want to go to the cinema? (see the film)
  3. Why didn’t you tell him my new address? (forget)
  4. Why didn’t Jeff hear about Kate’s examination? (pass)
  5. Why did Fred come home so soon from his holiday? (spend all the money)
  6. Why couldn’t you get into your flat at once? (lose the key)

Ex. 2. Complete the sentences using the verbs in brackets. You visited a friend and learned a lot of news about his family and other friends.

Example: His father didn’t work in the bank anymore. He had retired I retired

  1. His parents didn’t live there any longer. They________________ (go) to live in the country.
  2. His sister wasn’t there either. She_________________________________ (get) married.
  3. His house was larger. He________________________________ (build) the third storey.
  4. Your friends, Mike and Brenda, were away. They____________________________ (leave) for Sweden.

Ex. 3. Complete the sentenses, using the verb in brackets.

Example: I was very excited about visiting London because I (be) had never been there before.

  1. The little boy couldn ’t wait to get to the sea. (see) He_______________________ before.
  2. The teacher was late that morning. The class didn’t know what to think, (be/late) She________________________________________________________________
  3. Yesterday Larry taught Nell to play the guitar. She felt very unsure because she (play)
  4. It was Miss Kelly’s first day at school. She was very nervous because she (teach)

Ex. 4. Make sentences using the words in brackets.

Example: His hair was wet. (He/just/have/a shower) He had iust had a shower.

  1. There was nobody at the platform, (the train/just/leave)
  2. We didn’t find anybody at home, (everybody/alreadv/ao out)
  3. The children were playina in the aarden. fthev/iust/come/from school)
  4. Bob wasn’t at home when I arrived, (he/arrange/to meet/some friends/at the club)
  5. I couldn’t recognize the child after all that time. (I/not/see/her/for seven years)

Ex. 5. Put the verb into the correct form, the Past Perfect or the Past Simple.

Examples: Was Father at home when I phoned? - No. he had already left.
Was Father at home when.l phonod? - Yes, but he left soon afterwards.

  1. The flat was empty when he arrived. Everybody____________________ (go) to the party.
  2. There were voices heard from the kitchen, so I. ___________________ (go) straight there.
  3. He cannot take part in the competition. He ________________ (break) his leg yesterday.
  4. There was an accident at the mountain top. Some skier_____________________ (break) his leg and the ambulance men were carrying him to the road. So we__________________ (stop) to let them pass.

Ex. 6. Use the Past Perfect Tense of the verbs given in brackets to complete the sentences.

Example: When John and I got to the river, the boat race (start already) had already started.

  1. When she went to bed, she remembered that she (not/switch off the light)______________
  2. She felt tired because she (walk a lot/that day)______________________
  3. She went for a holiday after she (pass the exams) ___________________
  4. I didn’t know what to do when they (show/me/the picture)____________
  5. I didn’t look at the present until after she (go)_______________________
  6. I was very sorry to |iear that he (die) ____________________________
  7. He didn’t start speaking until the children (leave/the room)______________
  8. When I met Helen, I understood why Bill (marry her)__________________
  9. He understood the book only after he (read it/again)__________________

Ex. 7. Unite the following pairs of sentences. Use the conjunctions after, as soon as, before, until, till, when.

Example: a) They went to England. They left school, (after)
They went to England after they had left school,
b) The sun set. They finished their work, (before)
The sun had set before they finished their work.

  1. The sun rose. He woke up. (before)
  2. He died. He was very ill. (before)
  3. I understood the problem. He explained, (as soon as)
  4. She wrote the letter. She went to the post office, (after)
  5. I drove to the airport. The plane took off. (when)
  6. She read the message carefully. She wrote the reply, (before)
  7. He left the room. I turned on the radio, (as soon as)
  8. He had dinner. He went to the cinema, (after)

Ex. 8. Put the verb in brackets into the required tense form.

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. Nell scarcely (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.

Ex. 9. 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. He decided to wait till he (talk) to the man himself. 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. 11.1 hardly (be) there five minutes when Mrs Brown (come) in with the coffee. 12. He (prom­ise) to ring me up when he (get) a definite answer. 13. Scarcely they (move) into the new house when their friends (come). 14. The evening (go) off easier than she (expect). 15. But the village he (show) her (be) the best she ever (see). 16. Just at that moment a boy and a girl (come) and (sit) down where the old couple (be) before. 17.1 (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).


1. We (sit) down to the table only when all the guests (arrive). 2. There (be) a curious expression on his face I never (see) before. 3. Almost opposite (be) that gallery where she first (meet) him and John. 4. He (be) a teacher at the University, as his father (be) before him. 5. There (be) silence after she (go). 6. From downstairs (come) the sound of a radio playing a song he never (hear) before. 7. And, paying for what he (not/eat), he (go) out, passing two acquaintances without sign of recognition. 8. Very deliber­ately and carefully Poirot (retell) the conversation he (hold) with Saitrana at Wessex House. 9. Julia, who (go) half way down one flight, (come) back. 10. There (be) some­thing vaguely familiar about her face but I couldn’t remember where I (see) her before. 11. He (re-read) what he (write). 12. When Val (leave) them, Soames and Winifred (make) their way to the Cheshire Cheese. 13. She (be) ill for two days when we (learn) about it. 14. About twenty people already (arrive) when they (enter) the hall. 15. We (not/go) far when we suddenly (notice) the dark clouds on the horizon.

Ex. 10. Insert the Past Indefinite or the Past Perfect.

1. We hardly____________ (leave) town, when it_________________ (begin) to rain. 2. The moon____________ (not / rise). There was nothing to dispel the dark of the night. 3. On glancing at the address, he observed that it contained no name. The stranger _________________ (not / go) far, so he followed him to ask it. 4. When at his house , they___________ (tell) me that he______________ (leave) an hour ago. 5. No sooner he ___________ (take) a drink himself, than Mrs Fettle (look) in. 6. When I___________________ (come) to see my friend, I______________ (find) him lying in bed. He_______________ (look) very pale as he________________ (be) seriously ill for a whole month. 7. He hardly _____________ (light) another cigarette, when the general__________________ (come) into the courtyard. 8. Gemma went slowly down the stairs, Martini following in silence. She __________ (grow) to look ten years older in these few days, and her hair_________________ (become) gray. 9. Presently the sounds of voices and footsteps approaching along the terrace roused her from the dreamy state into which she______________ (fall). 10. She was a woman of nearly fifty who______________ (be) obviously pretty once. 11. Moreover, to him (the doctor) the affair was the commonplace; it was just a hysterical woman who____________ (quarrel) with her friend and_____________ (take) poison. 12.1____________ (leave) home at 8 o’clock, but I_____________ (not/go) far when I________________ (remember) that I ___________ (forget) to lock my door. 13. When Alison_________________ (disappear) the first strains of the orchestra came stealing out to me from inside the hall. 14. Scarcely I ___________ (close) the door when a gust of wind______________________________________ (open) it again.

Ex. 11. Put the verb in brackets into the Past Indefinite, the Past Continuous and the Past Perfect.


1. He (close) the window and (sit) in his armchair, reading a newspaper. 2. When I (arrive) the lecture already (start). 3. The rain (stop) and the sun (shine) brightly. 4. Unfortunately when I arrived Ann just (leave), so we only had time for a few words. 5.1 (watch) his eyes pretty closely while we (exchange) these remarks. 6. When we (reach) the field, the game already (start). 7. He suddenly (realize) that he (travel) in the wrong direction. 8. When I (look) for my passport, I (find) this old photograph. 9. You looked very busy when I saw you last night. What you (do)? 10. He (not / be) there five minutes, when the storm (begin). 11. He (not / allow) us to go out in the boat yesterday as a strong wind (blow). 12. I (call) Paul at 7 but it wasn’t necessary because he already (get) up. 13. When I (hear) his knock I (go) to the door and (open) it, but I (not / recognize) him at first because I (not / wear) my glasses. 14. When he (seal and stamp) the envelope, he (go) back to the window and (draw) a long breath. 15.1 (see) you yesterday from the bus. Why you (use) a stick? - I (use) it because I (hurt) my leg that morning. 16. We (return) home at nightfall and we (be) very glad to get home again, but we (have) a wonderful day. 17. As they (walk) along the road they (hear) a car coming from behind them. Tom (turn) round and (hold) up his hand. The car (stop). 18. When I (arrive) at the station Mary (wait) for me. She (wear) a blue dress and (look) very pretty. 19. When I (see) him he (paint) a portrait of his wife. 20. While he (water) the flowers it (begin) to rain. 21. While I (say) goodbye to the rest of the guests Isabel (take) Sophie aside. 22. The men (say) that they (work) on the road outside my house and that they (want) some water to make tea.


1. I___________ just __________ (finish) washing the boy, and ____________ (wrap) him in a warm blanket, when Jill came in with a tray in her hands. 2. They_______________ (reach) the peacock door and stood there, talking. 3. She____________ (come in) and___________ (untie) her bonnet strings when Chris entered. 4. She could see their faces in a looking-glass. They evidently _________ (enjoy) themselves. 5. He_____________ (cycle) along a narrow path when he ___________ (fall) and_____________ (hurt) himself badly. 6.1 led her to the sitting-room. Antonia__________ (dry) her tears and___________ (powder) her nose again. She greeted Rosemary. 7. It already _______________ (begin) to grow dark; the cold autumn wind ___________ (whistle); clouds ______________ (creep) over the sky. 8. When I looked up again I saw that she______________ (move), and__________ (stand) with her hand on the handle of the door. 9. Then, quite suddenly, I noticed a movement in the garden: someone ___________ (enter) from the gate at the far end of the lawn and_________________ (move) rapidly across towards the house. 10. When I_______________ (look) out of the window, the sun ______________ (approach) the horizon and dark clouds _______________ (overspread) the sky. 11. Elinor_____________ (not / take) more than half a dozen steps when a hand fell on her arm from behind. 12. The moon ________________ (not/rise) yet and only two stars ___________ (shine) in the dark blue sky.


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