Present Perfect vs Simple Past 1

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Present Perfect Tense
Simple Past Tense
Verb Tenses Chart

Similar Exercises:

Simple Past vs Present Perfect
Simple Past vs Present Perfect Exercises 2
Simple Past or Present Perfect Exercises 3
Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous Exercises
Complete the following exercise with present perfect or simple past tense.

1-2. He (live) in London for two years and then

(go) to Edinburgh.

3-4. (wear) your hair long when you were at school?

Yes, my mother (insist) on it.

5-7. But when I (leave) school I (cut) my

hair and (wear) it short ever since.

8. Shakespeare (write) a lot of plays.

9-10. My brother (write) several plays. He

(just / finish) his second tragedy.

11-12. I (fly) over Loch Ness last week.

(you/see) the Loch Ness monster?

13. I (not see) him for three years. I wonder where he is.

14. He (not smoke) for two weeks. He is trying to give

it up.

15. Chopin (compose) some of his music in Majorca.

16-17. When (arrive)?

He (arrive) at 2.00.

18. (you / lock) the door before you left the house?

19-20. I (read) his books when I was at school. I

(enjoy) them very much.

21. I can't go out because I (not finish) my work.

22. I (never / drink) whiskey.

23. I (write) the letter but I can't find a stamp.

24. The clock is slow.

It isn't slow, it (stop).

25. Here are your shoes; I (just / clean) them.

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