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Past tense (1)

Aufgabe 1


Complete the sentences with the verbs in the past perfect.

  1. When Sally arrived at home, her husband         (already prepare) dinner.
  2. As my brother         (forget) to tell me that I was supposed to go to the supermarket, we didn’t have anything to eat last night.
  3. When Billy finally got to the train station, the train         (already leave).
  4. Samantha was very tired because she         (work) hard all day.
  5. When Christine met one of her favourite TV stars on Broadway, she was very excited because she         (never see) any stars before.
  6. On Thursday, Dan came home from a long journey around the world and his mum was very happy to see him again as she         (not even talk) to him for a month.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  6

Aufgabe 2


Put the verb into the specified form.

  1. he / to dream (simple past)
  2. we / to cut (present progressive)
  3. it / to shake (present perfect simple)
  4. I / to eat (past progressive)
  5. they / to feel (past perfect simple)
  6. it / to shine (present perfect simple)
  7. you / to stand (present perfect progressive)
  8. they / to cost (simple past)
  9. he / think (simple present)
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  9

Aufgabe 3


Listen to the track below. 

## Platzhalter Audio Player ##
  1. Complete the notes. Write short answers to the questions.
    1. Who? - Sir Francis, Lord                and         sailors, the Great        , an English        
    2. What? 
    3. When?
    4. Where?
    5. Why?
  2. Listen to the track again and answer the following questions.
    1. Where does the English fleet wait?
    2. Why do the Spaniards want to attack the English?
    3. What happens after the sailor in the lookout shouts that the Spaniards are coming?
    4. What does Lord Howard mean when he says “There’s no time to lose”?
    5. Why is Lord Howard so puzzled when he sees Sir Francis Drake writing into his logbook as all the other sailors are running to their ships?
    6. Why does Sir Francis Drake not run to his ship like all the other men?
    7. What is Sir Francis Drake’s plan?
    8. What is the advantage (= Vorteil) of small ships and how does that help the English?
    9. Where does the Great Armada retreat to (= sich zurückziehen) after the first fight?
    10. What are fire-ships and what do the English do with them?
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  20 Minuten
  • Punkte:  15

Aufgabe 4


Find the meaning of the following words from the track of Aufgabe 3. You can listen to the track again.

  1. horizon
  2. commander
  3. play bowls
  4. logbook
  5. cannonball
  6. drift
  7. revenge
  8. deeds
  9. take a rest
  10. restless
  11. at their tail
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  1
  • Zeit:  10 Minuten
  • Punkte:  11

Aufgabe 5


Check whether you can apply the present perfect and the past perfect correctly. Pay attention to the correct translation of "seit"!

  1. Wie lange wohnt ihr schon in eurem neuen Haus?
  2. Wir wohnen seit einem Monat in diesem Haus.
  3. Bevor wir in dieses Haus gezogen waren, hatten wir eine Mietswohnung.
  • Schwierigkeitsgrad:  3
  • Zeit:  5 Minuten
  • Punkte:  3
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