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Past Perfect Tense Verb Phrases

A Name: Date:

Underline the past perfect tense verb phrase in each sentence.


(1) The students had sat down just as (11) I had thought about taking more
the fire alarm went off. science courses before I graduated.

(2) Until 2008 I had worked as a sales (12) Before their fossils
associate in a department store. had been discovered, we knew
nothing about dinosaurs.
(3) Kimberly began reading the book
she had received for her birthday. (13) After we had covered the floor, we
began to paint the walls.
(4) The winners were announced once
the judges had held their meeting. (14) Mark had painted only part of his
sculpture when class ended.
(5) Joshua had arrived at work late this
morning, so he had to work late. (15) Daniel had knocked on the door
before he entered the room.
(6) Jordan had felt frightened before
boarding the roller coaster. (16) My teacher had assigned us three
chapters, but I only finished one of
(7) Kevin and Melissa had dated for them.
years before getting married.
(17) Danielle had eaten there so often
(8) The town had prospered until the that everyone knew her name.
steel mill shut down.
(18) The taxi arrived after Justin
(9) When I reached home I had given up waiting for it.
had forgotten your phone number.
(19) Jesse knew that he had taken a
(10) The judge had rejected Zachary’s wrong turn when he found himself
entry before reading it thoroughly. back at the airport.

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Past Perfect Tense Verb Phrases
A ANSWER KEY
Underline the past perfect tense verb phrase in each sentence.
(1) The students had sat down just as (11) I had thought about taking more
the fire alarm went off. science courses before I graduated.

(2) Until 2008 I had worked as a sales (12) Before their fossils
associate in a department store. had been discovered, we knew
nothing about dinosaurs.
(3) Kimberly began reading the book
she had received for her birthday. (13) After we had covered the floor, we
began to paint the walls.
(4) The winners were announced once
the judges had held their meeting. (14) Mark had painted only part of his
sculpture when class ended.
(5) Joshua had arrived at work late this
morning, so he had to work late. (15) Daniel had knocked on the door
before he entered the room.
(6) Jordan had felt frightened before
boarding the roller coaster. (16) My teacher had assigned us three
chapters, but I only finished one of
(7) Kevin and Melissa had dated for them.
years before getting married.
(17) Danielle had eaten there so often
(8) The town had prospered until the that everyone knew her name.
steel mill shut down.
(18) The taxi arrived after Justin
(9) When I reached home I had given up waiting for it.
had forgotten your phone number.
(19) Jesse knew that he had taken a
(10) The judge had rejected Zachary’s wrong turn when he found himself
entry before reading it thoroughly. back at the airport.

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