Past Perfect and Future Perfect Tense

Past Perfect and Future Perfect Tense

 

Past Perfect Tense

 

The past perfect tense is used to discuss an event that happened prior to an unspecified or specified event.  The helping verb “had” is always used with a past tense action verb.

            Ex. John had killed the buffalo. (unspecified event)

            Ex. John had killed the buffalo before the rain came. (specified event)

 

Practice

  1. We _______________ _________________ (to eat) the fantastic dinner.

 

  1. Mother _______________ _________________ (to yell) at us after she found our rooms were dirty

 

  1. I _______________ _________________ (to conquered) my fear of heights.

 

  1. They _______________ _________________ (to buckle) their shoes before the rollercoaster took off.

 

  1. You _______________ _________________ (to go) home after a hard day of work.

 

Future Perfect Tense

 

The future perfect tense is used to predict an event in the future before a certain point.  The helping verbs “will have” are always used with a past tense action verb.

Ex. By the time the post office closes, I will have sent the letter.

            Ex. I will have sent my e-mail by 3:30 pm.

 

Practice

  1. I _______________ _________________ (to send) my mother a present before her birthday.

 

  1. You _______________ _________________ (to clean) your room before dinner.

 

  1. Misha _______________ _________________ (to hire) a new cook by next week.

 

  1. Before our eggs cook, we _______________ _________________ (to eat) all the bacon.

 

  1. If they don’t see the bridge in a few minutes, they _______________ _________________ (to miss) their opportunity to dodge it.
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