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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Past Perfect?
The past perfect is a grammatical combination of past tense with the perfect, itself a combination of tense and aspect, that exists in most Indo-European languages. It is used to refer to an event that had continuing relevance to a past time. Comrie classifies the pluperfect (which is another name for Past Perfect) as an absolute-relative tense because it absolutely (not by context) establishes a deixis (the past) and places the action relative to the deixis (before it). In the sentence "A man who for years had thought he had reached the absolute limit of all possible suffering now found that suffering had no limits, and that he could suffer still more, and more intensely." (from Victor Frankls' Man's Search for Meaning), "had thought" and "had reached" are examples of the pluperfect. It refers to an event (a man thinks he is reaching his limit), which takes place before another event (the man realizes that he has no limit).
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Welcome to the past perfect section. You can use this as a resource to find worksheets and activities or even just as inspiration when creating worksheets of your own. Since all the worksheets are free, easy to download, and printable, lesson planning does not need to take up as much of your time as it use to. There are 85 Past Perfect worksheets available to you in this section, as well as more tense worksheets in other subsections. Here is a sample worksheet from this page. It was designed with upper intermediate classes in mind and has actually been updated since it was first posted which shows that Busy Teacher is always evolving. There is just one activity which gives students more practice forming past perfect sentences without taking up too much class time. You might also want to consider using this as a homework assignment. To make things even better, the answer key is included so you can just start printing out worksheets now. For other tense worksheets, look through the rest of this section or others.

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Past Perfect PPT

Past Perfect PPT

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This power point presentation is part of my series of presentation on past narrative tenses. It introduces the use of past perfect by showing the students well-known items that had been invented b ...
2 Intermediate
Perfect, Simple and Continuous

Perfect, Simple and Continuous

A number of sentences to complete. I use this for a revision of the past simple, past continuous, present perfect simple, present perfect continuous, and past perfect simple. Reported speech also ...
2 Intermediate
St Patrick's for Teens and Young Adults

St Patrick's for Teens and Young Adults

Here you'll find some cards including information about St Patrick's day. All of them are taken from history sources. It is very useful should you prepare a history and culture class about Ireland ...
1 All levels
Song Worksheet: Always by Bon Jovi (Past Perfect vs Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Always by Bon Jovi (Past Perfect vs Past Simple)

Use the song "Always" to teach the difference between past perfect and past simple. Moreover, it offers a chance to practice the writing skills inventing love stories. After some group works there ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Perfect

Past Perfect

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Basic, introductory explanation of the past perfect tense. It contains an approach to its use, formula and keywords. 3 examples are given to illustrate. Perfect to use a general scheme of how to u ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

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I try to smuggle some literary texts into my classes to make my students familiar with some of the great English writers and their work. This one is a grammar worksheet which I brought my students ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Tense Presentation

Past Tense Presentation

These slides show the differences between tenses and how they are formed and used. Past simple, past continuous, present perfect. The last slide of the presentations contains an exercise on findin ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Noodle Battle - Teaching Composition

Noodle Battle - Teaching Composition

This worksheet is based on the cartoon serial ‘Minuscules’. The cartoon serial ‘Minuscules’ (France, 2007) which is the collection of 3-5 minute mini-stories. The dynamic ...
2 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Irregular Verbs- Mnemonic Rhyming Groups- Edited 2014

Irregular Verbs- Mnemonic Rhyming Groups- Edited 2014

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Learning can be fun with mnemonics. When we were kids, rhyming songs and phrases were some of the gimmicks used to make us remember different things. I hope sorting these irregular verbs into rhym ...
11 All levels
Table of Verbs

Table of Verbs

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This is a table of most common verbs- past simple and past participle.
5 Pre-Intermediate
Upper Intermediate Level Tense Revision

Upper Intermediate Level Tense Revision

This worksheet has different types of exercises such as a cloze text, finding mistakes, actives or passives as well as an answer key in the end. It covers all tenses and students have spend time o ...
13 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

•Past Perfect,
This is a worksheet for teaching the differences between the past perfect and past perfect continuous at pre-intermediate level. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked ...
13 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Inventions Timeline

Inventions Timeline

The worksheet can be used as a warmer at any lesson on technology or serve a grammar purpose for practicing: 1) passive voice (FM Radio was invented in 1933. Television had been invented befo ...
13 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Perfect Worksheet

Past Perfect Worksheet

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This worksheet focuses on past perfect and presents a compilation of five exercises where students will have to make up their own sentences, fill in the blanks with either past perfect or past sim ...
12 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: Wishlist by Pearl Jam

Song Worksheet: Wishlist by Pearl Jam

I made this worksheet as an extra activity for a class in which I aborded  past/past perfect tenses and "wish" (past, present and future) subjects, in a class for intermediate level students. ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Revising Past Tenses

Revising Past Tenses

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This is a 2-page worksheet for revising past tenses: past simple, past continuous and past perfect. Recommended for intermediate students who are asked to choose the correct option, choose the cor ...
11 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Have You Ever...?

Have You Ever...?

Teaching grammar through speaking is one of the most difficult things to do for a teacher. With this worksheet you will be able to help your students use time adverbs such as already/yet/since/ago ...
14 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Overview of Past Tenses

Overview of Past Tenses

This PPT contains rules of usage of all the past tenses including examples for each situation. With the help of these sentenses you can elicit these rules from your students if they are upper-inte ...
14 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Practicing Verb Forms: Past

Practicing Verb Forms: Past

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This power point presentation has a lot of sentences to be completed based on pictures. The sentences must be finished in the past simple, continuous or perfect. Very good to practice imagina ...
10 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Perfect Tense Worksheet

Past Perfect Tense Worksheet

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This is a worksheet for intermediate student on past perfect tense.There are 3 activities in which students are asked to match the columns,write the correct form of the verbs in brackets and fill ...
19 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: New Divide by Linkin Park

Song Worksheet: New Divide by Linkin Park

This is a listening worksheet that includes gap completion (with nouns and past tenses) and putting lines in the correct order. I chose this song as my teen students really like it! (The answers a ...
5 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Tense Revision

Tense Revision

It's a multiple-choice test in 10 variants to check your students' knowledge of different verb tenses. It enables the teacher to avoid cheating during the test. The test gives students the opportu ...
17 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Describing Actions at a Specific Time in the Past

Describing Actions at a Specific Time in the Past

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Students describe actions they had completed before a specific time in the past. Objective of the WS is to provide controlled practice for using the past perfect tense in a personal and meaningful ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Tale by Oscar Wilde

Tale by Oscar Wilde "The Selfish Giant"

This worksheet is useful for reading in the 6th form. It is interesting because of the language used by O.Wilde. It gives a chance for students to understand the difference between classical and m ...
12 Pre-Intermediate
Tenses Worksheet

Tenses Worksheet

I've created a test which consists of present, past and future tenses. It is suitable for pre-intermediate and intermediate students who would like to practise tenses. For some students it is ver ...
17 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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