(i) Read the passage below and underline the
verbs in the past tense.
A man got on the train and sat down. The compartment was empty
except for one lady. She took her gloves off. A few hours later
the police arrested the man. They held him for 24 hours and then
(ii) Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the verbs in
My little sister is very naughty. When she __________ (come) back
from school yesterday, she had _________ (tear) her dress. We
________ (ask) her how it had _________ (happen). She
_______________ (say) she ____________ (have, quarrel) with a
boy. She __________ __________ (have, beat) him in a race and he
________ _______ (have, try) to push her. She _____________
____________ (have, tell) the teacher and so he ______________
______________ (have, chase) her, and she ____________
____________ (have, fall) down and _____________
_____________(have, tear) her dress.
(iii) Underline the verbs and arrange them in two columns,
Past and Earlier past.
(a) My friends set out to see the caves in the
next town, but I stayed at home, because I had seen them
(b) When they arrived at the station, their train had left.
They came back home, but by that time I had gone out
to see a movie!
(c) So they sat outside and ate the lunch I had packed for them.
(d) By the time I returned, they had fallen
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