“3” 1. Underline the correct tense. 1. Lynne was singing/had sung while she was cleaning the windows. 2. Mr Todd was teaching/had been teaching for thirty years when he retired.


Test “Past Tenses” I-variant Test “Past Tenses” II-variant
“3” 1. Underline the correct tense.
1. Lynne was singing/had sung while she was cleaning the windows.
2. Mr Todd was teaching/had been teaching for thirty years when he retired.
3. They had walked/had been walking for hours when they stopped for a rest.
4. Joe was happy. He was winning/had won the first prize in the competition.
5. Alexander Graham Bell had invented/invented the telephone.
6. We had been buying/had bought the tickets before we went to the theatre.
“4” 2. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct past tense.
1. Joanne (wash) her hair when the phone rang.
2. Princess Diana (do) a lot of work for charity.
3. Sam was in hospital because he (crash) his car.
4. Tom (play) the piano for years before he became famous.
5. The children (clean) the house by the time their parents came.
“5” 3. Translate the sentences from Russian into English.
1. Они посетили Британский музей на прошлой неделе.
2. Я читал интересную книгу, когда мой друг позвонил мне.
3. К тому времени как я приехал на вокзал, поезд уже уехал.
4. Я изучал английский язык два года перед тем как посетил Англию. “3” 1. Underline the correct tense.
1. We had been staying/stayed in a hotel by the sea last summer.
2. She broke the glass while she had washed/was washing the dishes.
3. We had been walking/ were walking for hours before we came to the campsite.
4. The shop had been selling/had sold the table by the time I got there.
5. We had been living/had lived in the house for a year before we decorated the kitchen.
6. We had been finishing/had finished the work by the time the meeting began.
“4” 2. Put the verbs in brackets into the correct past tense.
1. The children were very tired because they (play) all day long.
2. Elvis Presley (sing) lots of hit songs.
3. By the time of our arrival, my mother (cook) the dinner.
4. I (listen) to music, when somebody knocked at the door.
5. By 1960 most of Britain’s old colonies (become) independent.
“5” 3. Translate the sentences from Russian into English.
1. Они просмотрели много объявлений перед тем как купить этот дом.2. Мы встретили друзей, когда гуляли в парке.
3. Том выиграл соревнования на прошлой неделе.
4. Мы не пошли в кино, потому что мы уже посмотрели этот фильм.

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