English Test Simple Past – Present Perfect Simple

Test your knowledge on Simple Past and Present Perfect Simple. After submitting your answers, you will see how well you have done in the test.

Form

Write down the correct form (pronoun + verb).

  Simple Past Present Perfect Simple
she / live
I / look
you / buy
he / see
they / take

Use

When do we use which tense?

  1. 'How often so far' is a signal word for ...
  2. '... ago' is a signal word for ...
  3. 'Until now' is an signal word for ...
  4. 'Yesterday', 'last week' und 'in 2006' are signal words for ...
  5. 'Just', 'already', 'yet' are signal words for ...

Positive Sentences

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or present perfect simple).

  1. William (tidy / already) up his room.
  2. Caroline (miss) the schoolbus yesterday.
  3. I (finish / just) my homework.
  4. I cannot go out tonight. My grandparents (come) to see us.
  5. In 2004, the Olympic Summer Games (take) place in Athens.

Negative Sentences

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or present perfect simple).

  1. We (watch / not) TV last night.
  2. Joanna (read / not) the book yet.
  3. Collin (not / go) on holiday last year.
  4. I (have / not) any problems so far.
  5. They (learn / not) the new words yet.

Questions

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or present perfect simple).

  1. (they / be / ever) to New York?
  2. (you / see) Catherine a minute ago?
  3. What time (you / get) up today?
  4. (he / hear) the news yet?
  5. How often (you / play) that game up to now?

Text

Put the verbs into the correct tense (simple past or present perfect simple).

  1. A: I (see / not) you for a long time. Where (you / be) ?
  2. B: I (come / just) back from Canada.
  3. A: Oh really? What (you / do) in Canada?
  4. B: I (take) a nature tour.
  5. A: Wow! (you / see) many wild animals there?
  6. B: Of course. I (watch) bears, wolves and whales in the wild. That (be) so interesting. (you / spend / ever) a holiday in Canada?
  7. A: Yes, I (travel) around Canada twice so far.
  8. B: When (you / go) there?
  9. A: The first time I (go) there (be) in 1997 and the second time in 2004.
  10. B: (you / enjoy) it?
  11. A: I absolutely (love) it, especially the west coast.