Grammar Exercise: Past Perfect Chain Of Events


Look at these descriptions of events, divided into short phrases. Decide which is the first action to happen chronologically.

1. Which one happens first?
    After she left Korea,
    Marie went back to Japan
    where she'd been born.

2. Which one happens first?
    The house was demolised in June.
    This had been ordered by the local government
    after it had been badly damaged in a storm.

3. Which one happens first?
    Christine had been going out with Mark for six months.
    When they broke up,
    she was devastated.

4. Which one happens first?
    He'd known the gun was in the drawer of the desk.
    Kim had hidden it there.
    But with the police waiting outside,
    he couldn't risk getting it.

5. Which one happens first?
    It began raining early in the morning and
    everything was wet
    when they woke.
    They'd pitched the tent near the bottom of a hill.

6. Which one happens first?
    Alicia signed her first contract at the young age of 16.
    She'd enjoyed her childhood,
    but now she began her journey to fame and wealth.

7. Which one happens first?
    The truck, which had been overloaded,
    didn't brake in time
    and hit the wall.
    The driver was badly injured.

8. Which one happens first?
    Even though his mother had predicted great things for her son,
    she never expected him to become so famous.
    He signed a few more autographs
    that his fans had requested.

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