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SIMPLE PAST, PRESENT PERFECT AND PRESENT

PERFECT CONTINUOUS
I. CHOOSE
Instructions: Choose the correct answer.

1. I'm very hungry. I_________ all day.

a) haven't ate

b) haven’t eaten

c) have been eating

2. Our kitchen’s a mess. We____________ any cleaning for weeks.

a) haven't been doing

b) have done

c) haven't done

3. Gladstone __________ the Prime Minister of Great Britain 5 times during the reign of Queen Victoria.

a) was

b) has been

c) had been

4. I think they are dating. They____________ a lot of each other recently.

a) haven't been seeing

b) have been seeing

c) have seen

5. My grandmother, who died five years ago, _______abroad.

a) never went

b) has never been

c) was never going


6. We've discovered this great café and we_____________ there a lot.

a) have been going

b) have gone

c) have went

7. How's your Mum? I _____________ her for ages.

a) haven't seen

b) haven't been seeing

c) didn't see

8. Many of Dickens's novels __________ in monthly magazines.

a) were first published

b) have been first published

c) had been first publishing

9. I have to write an essay. I__________ about half of it so far.

a) have written

b) have been writing

c) wrote

10. A: I lived in Milan when I was younger. B: Really? How long ........................ there?

a) have you lived

b) did you live

c) lived you

II. FILL
Instructions:
Fill in the spaces with the correct form of the Simple Past, Simple Perfect and Perfect Continuous tense.

1. He ____________ (not sleep) for three nights, even though he__________ (GO) to bed early
yesterday evening.
2. This traffic is terrible. We __________ (DRIVE) all day, but we_______ (ONLY DO) 50 miles up
to now.

3. We___________ (BE) in John’s room when the storm_________ (BEGIN).

4. Tom and Mary___________ (GO) out with each other for two years now, but they still (NOT
DECIDE)____________________ on marrying.

5. I know Manchester well. I _________________ (LIVE) there for three years when I was a
student.

6. Cecilia ___________ (CRY) all day because she ___________ (FAIL) her exams.

7. They _____________ (DECIDE) this at a meeting a few days ago.

8. I____________ (SUNBATHE) all morning and now I've got a sunburn.

9. Harry___________________ (LEARN) to drive since the end of March.

10. Billy is a great journalist. His newspaper____________ (JUST OFFER) him an editing job.

11. Sam (ARRIVE) ___________ in San Diego a week ago.

12. Kay and Bruno_____________ (LIVE) in London for the past 5 years. Recently they

___________ (TRY) to buy a house in the country, but they (NOT MANAGE) to sell their flat
yet.

13. Listen Donna, I don't care if you_________ (MISS) the bus this morning.

You (BE)______ late to work too many times. You are fired!

14. Jill and Andy__________ (ARGUE) a lot recently because Jill is always going out with her
friends.

15. The young man is only 23, but he ___________ (ALREADY CLIMB) eight peaks in the Himalayas.

16. I (VISIT, NEVER)___________ Africa, but I (TRAVEL) ___________ to South America several
times. The last time I (GO)__________ to South America, I (VISIT)____________ Brazil and
Peru. I (spend) ____________ two weeks in the Amazon, (HIKE)__________ for a week near
Machu Picchu, and (FLY) ___________ over the Nazca Lines.
III. TRANSFORM
Instructions:
Transform the following sentences using Present Perfect Continuous, Present Perfect and Past Simple.

1. Tom started learning to play the guitar a month ago.

Tom has ____________________to play the guitar for a month.

2. When she heard the results, Mary began to feel more self-confident.

Since hearing the results Mary __________ more self-confident.

3. The last time Nancy came here was in 2005.

Nancy hasn't ___________here since 2005.

4. I haven't been to a Chinese restaurant for ages.

It's ages since I went to a Chinese restaurant

5. This is my first visit to London.

This is the first time I __________ to London.

6. Jack bought those trousers last month, and has been wearing them ever since.

Jack has ______________ those trousers ever since he bought them last month.

7. It's a long time since our last conversation.

We haven’t ____________ a conversation for a long time.

8. How long have Helen and Robert been married?

When ___________________ married?

9. This is my first game of golf.

I haven’t __________ golf before.


10. This is my second visit to Hungary.

This is the ______________________________ Hungary.

IV. Change
Instructions:
Change the verb into the correct form of past simple, present perfect simple or present perfect
continuous.

I (1)__________(move) to London three weeks ago to take up a new post at my

company’s London office. Ever since then, I (2)__________(wonder) if I

(3)__________(make) the right decision. I (4)__________(see) a lot of negative things

about living in the capital, and I can’t say London (5)__________(make) a very

favourable impression on me. It’s so polluted and expensive, and the people are so

distant. You see, I (6)__________(grow up) in a fairly small town called Devizes. I

(7)__________(always / want) to live in a big city and so when my company

(8)__________(offer) me a job in London, I (9)__________(jump) at the chance.

I think I’m not alone in my aversion to the big city. According to a programme

(10)__________(just / hear) on the radio, more and more people

(11)__________(stop) working in London recently, and a lot of large companies

(12)__________(choose) to move away from the centre. Oh well, it’s too late to
change my mind now, because the job is up and running, and I

(13)__________(already / sell) my house in Devizes. But I must admit, over the past

few days, I (15) ___________(secretly/hope) that the company would relocate me


back to my old town.