PAST PERFECT vs. PAST SIMPLE [****]

Choose the correct answers. Then, specify which action happened first. Write the infinitive form of the corresponding verb.

a) Ben had flown to African by the time the police discovered he was the thief. [until / yet / already]

happened first.

b) Greg had listened to John's story, he called the police. [After / Until / Before]

happened first.

c) The police still hadn't spoken to any witnesses Janet called them. [already / when / as soon as]

happened first.

d) the teacher arrived, the boys had disappeared. [As soon as / By the time / Already]

happened first.

e) Shirley called me she had heard about the fire. [as soon as / by the time / before]

happened first.

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Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Use the Past Perfect or the Past Simple.

a) (not want / hear) Jeff to watch the film after he about it.

b) (steal / arrest) The police him after they discovered that he the money.

c) (discover / find) By the time the owner the robbery at his restaurant, the police the thieves.

d) (explode / leave) Everyone before the bomb .

e) (interview / tell) After the police people, they everyone to leave the area.

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Complete the text with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Use the Past Perfect or the Past Simple.

In February 2008, thieves (steal) some diamond jewellery from Damiani, a famous jewellery shop in Milan. The thieves were very clever. Before the robbery, they (hide) in the building next door and (cut) a hole through the wall. They used it to get into the shop. By the time the guard (see) them, they already (take) the jewellery. A shop assistant (call) the police, but by the time they (arrive), the thieves (escape). Damiani's owner lost millions of euros in jewellery that night, but they were lucky. Several days earlier, they (give) their most expensive jewellery to some famous Hollywood actresses to wear.

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Complete the sentences with the words below. Use the Past Perfect or the Past Simple.

a) he feel guilty / he take chocolate from the sweet shop (after)

chocolate from the sweet shop.

b) a thief steal Ann's bag / she get on the bus (by the time)

on the bus.

c) the police not investigate the crime for a long time / they arrest a suspect (before)

,

the crime for a long time.

d) the criminal leave the city / the police find his gun (as soon as)

his gun,

.

e) the firefighters not arrive / the fire reach the roof (before)

the roof,

.

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Read the timeline. Then complete the story using the Past Perfect or the Past Simple.

9.00 pm Smiths leave their home
9.30 pm thief enters the house
9.32 pm neighbour hears noises and calls the police
9.54 pm police arrive
9.55 pm thief runs out of back door
9.57 pm thief climbs wall and falls
10.00 pm police catch thief in street
A short time after the Smiths , a thief . After the neighbour , she . The thief out of the back door by the time the police . The police the thief after he a wall and .

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