Present Perfect Simple vs Past Simple

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1. Shakespeare (write) a lot of plays.
2. My brother (write) several plays. He just (finish) his second tragedy.
3. He (not smoke) for two weeks.
4. Chopin (compose) some of his music in Majorca.
5. When he (arrive)? ~ He (arrive) at 2 p.m.
6. He (go) out ten minutes ago.

7. He just (go) out.
8. I (meet) him last June.
9. You (see) the moon last night?
10. We (miss) the bus. Now, we’ll have to walk.

for & since
11. He has been in prison ……. a year.
12. I’ve known that ……. a long time.
13. She has driven the same car ….. 1975.
14. Things have changed ……. I was a girl.
15. He has been very ill ……. the last month.
16. Mr Pitt has been in hospital ….. his accident.
17. They have been on strike ……. November.
18. The strike has lasted ……. 6 months.
19. It has been very foggy ……. early morning.
20. I’ve been awake ……. four o’clock.
21. I’ve been awake ….. a long time.
22. Nobody has seen him ….. last week.
23. That tree has been there ……. 2,000 years.
24. He has been Minister of Education ……… 1983.
25. We’ve had terrible weather ……. the last month.

 

Choose one option
26. Did you see/Have you seen my bag anywhere? I can’t find it.
27. Nobody has broken/broke the world record yet.
28. She has already won/won three marathons.
29. In 1980, she took/has taken part in the Olympics.

 

Create a full sentence
30. My wife / fall ill / yesterday.
31. Chris / just / start / work.
32. She / go to sleep / an hour ago.
33. We/ not visit / London / this year.
34. He / win two medals / so far.
35. I / not live here / in 1977.
36. They / not buy a car / yet.
37. Ann / leave Leeds / last week.
38. You / already / get your ticket.
39. It / be / hot / recently.

40. Brian ……………….. (not travel) abroad yet.
41. There ……………. (be) a big crowd in the embassy last week.
42. ……………………. (you / talk) to anyone when you ………………… (come) here
yesterday?
43. The Greens ………………. (settle) in our village in 1982.
44. He ………………………. (plant) a few exotic trees in his garden. He expects them to
bear fruit next year.
45. I ……………………… (spend) my holidays in the mountains ages ago.
46. ……………………………… (you / already / be) introduced to our boss?
47. We ………………………. (not have) time to read the post yet.
48. It ……………………….. (be) many weeks since she last …………………. (phone)
to me.
49. ………………………………. (anyone / help) Andrew to install the pipes yesterday?
50. Ever since my wife ………………. (leave) me, I …………………….. (be) in despair.
51. Why ………………………(she / decide) to quit her job for the firm last month?
52. I’m terribly hungry. I ……………………….. (not eat) anything since I ……………
(set out) on the trip.
53. Danny …………………… (lose) his documents a week ago and someone ……………
(find) them yesterday.
54. We’d like to buy shares. We ………………………… (never / invest) our money in
this way, actually.

 

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