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
he / listen
they / speak
I / watch
she / grow
you / fall

Use

When do we use which tense?

  1. To talk about an action in the past (without any consequences in the present), we use ...
  2. To emphasise a past action's consequence in the present, we use ...
  3. 'so far' is a signal word for ...
  4. '5 minutes ago' is a signal word for ...
  5. 'recently' is a signal word for ...

Positive Sentences

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

  1. He (leave / just) his house.
  2. We (build) a tree house last week.
  3. Two years ago, Fiona (break) her leg.
  4. I (wash / already) the dishes.
  5. The other day, our cat (bring) home a mouse.

Negative Sentences

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

  1. We (empty / not) the bin last week.
  2. She (be / not) there an hour ago.
  3. He (lose / not) any game so far.
  4. My brother (pick / not) me up at 8 o'clock.
  5. I (make / not) up my mind yet.

Questions

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

  1. (you / see) Bob recently?
  2. Who (switch) off the lights a minute ago?
  3. When (she / become) a teacher?
  4. (you / ride / ever) an elephant?
  5. (you / hurt) your knee when you were playing football?

Text

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

  1. Last week I (be) very busy and I (have not) the time to do a lot in the household.
  2. On Monday I (work) three hours overtime and (come) home very late in the evening.
  3. From Tuesday to Thursday I (be) on a business trip.
  4. On Friday I (go) to a friend's birthday party and at the weekend I (visit) my grandparents.
  5. Tomorrow some friends are coming over. I (see / not) them for ages and they (be / never) at my place before.
  6. I (clean / just) my house so I can show them around. Now everything is perfect.