Past Perfect Tense Exercises with Explanation

1. What form of the main verb is used in the Past Perfect tense?
Correct Answer: Past Participle
Explanation: Past Perfect tense uses the Past Participle form of the main verb after the auxiliary Had.
2. What is the auxiliary verb for Past Perfect sentences?
Correct Answer: Had
Explanation: Past Perfect tense uses the auxiliary Had before the Past Participle form of the main verb.
3. Pick the right sentence structure for the Past Perfect tense.
Correct Answer: Subject + had + past participle form of main verb + object
Explanation: Between the subject and object of a sentence, the auxiliary Had and Past Participle form of the main verb sit side by side to make the Past Perfect sentences.
4. What is the auxiliary and main verb construction for the Past Perfect tense?
Correct Answer: Had + Past Participle
Explanation: Auxiliary verb Had and the Past Participle form of the main verb together make the Past Perfect sentences.
5. What are the tenses that use the Past Participle forms of the main verb?
Correct Answer: All of the above
Explanation: Perfect tenses across Past, Present and Future use the Past Participle forms of the main verbs.
6. Which one is the correct Present - Past - Past Participle set?
Correct Answer: A and B
Explanation: “Ring - Rang - Rung” is the correct set of Present - Past - Past Participle verb forms where “Set” remains unchanged throughout the set. “Lie - Lay - Lain” is the correct set and “Laid” does not belong to it.
7. Pick out the correct Past Participle form of Swim.
Correct Answer: Swum
Explanation: “Swum” is the correct Past Participle form of Swim.
8. Find the correct Past Participle form of Bear (meaning: to carry).
Correct Answer: Borne
Explanation: “Borne” is the correct Past Participle form of Bear.
9. What is the right Past Participle form of Come?
Correct Answer: Come
Explanation: “Come” is the correct Past Participle form of Come which makes the correct set of Present - Past - Past Participle forms: “Come - Came - Come”.
10. Pick the right Past Participle form of Cast.
Correct Answer: Cast
Explanation: “Cast” is one of the irregular verbs that stay unchanged across the Present - Past - Past Participle set.
11. Make the correct Past Perfect statement - Claire …………………… her painting.
Correct Answer: Had finished
Explanation: “Had” and the past participle form of the verb Finish - “Finished” make the correct Past Participle sentence.
12. Complete the Past Perfect statement - Patrick ………..……. his dinner by the time I got back
Correct Answer: Had had
Explanation: The first “Had” is the auxiliary verb and the second one is the Past Participle form of the verb Have and they make the correct Past Perfect verb construction.
13. Fill in the blank to complete the Past Perfect sentence - Alaska ………………… back home so many nights before.
Correct Answer: Had driven
Explanation: “Driven” is the right Past Participle form of the main verb Drive and the “Had” before it complete the Past Perfect statement.
14. Pick the write Auxiliary verb to complete the Past Perfect expression - Peter ……… adopted Elen’s cat last summer.
Correct Answer: Had
Explanation: “Had” is the right Auxiliary verb for Past Perfect expressions.
15. Find the correct Past Participle of Write to complete the statement - Terry had …………….. over 50 books on language learning.
Correct Answer: Written
Explanation: “Written” is the correct Past Participle form of the verb Write.
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