Grammar Exercise: Present Perfect or Past Simple Worksheet.


Choose either the present perfect or the past simple to go into each sentence.

Use contractions where possible but only for negatives: haven't, didn't, etc.

1. 'This is my house.' 'How long have you lived here?' 'I (live) here since 1997.'

2. He lived in London for two years and then he (go) to Edinburgh.

3. When I left school, I cut my hair and (wear) it short ever since.

4. Shakespeare (write) a lot of plays.

5. My brother (write) several plays. He has just finished his latest.

6. I (not see) him for three years. I wonder where he is.

7. He (not smoke) for two weeks. He is trying to give it up.

8. Chopin (compose) some of his music in Majorca.

9. 'When (he/arrive)?' 'He arrived at 2 o'clock.'

10. I read his books when I was at school. I (enjoy) them very much.

11. I can't go out because I (not finish) my work yet.

12. 'I (never/drink) whiskey.' 'Well, have some now!'

13. Here are your shoes. I (just/clean) them.

14. I left home at 8.00a.m. and I (get) here at 12.00p.m.

15. I (meet) him last June.

16. (you/see) the moon last night?

17. Cervantes (write) Don Quixote.

18. He (break) his leg in a skiing accident last year.

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