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Past perfect simple

 

The following ESL resources are available for Past perfect simple:

 
 
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Past perfect - explaining past situations OXO
Nine past simple statements (situations) that can be explained using past perfect sentences. Can be done as a noughts and crosses, a matching activity or pairwork
 
 

 

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Past perfect anecdote
Cut up story (office impostor) and analysis
 
 

 

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Past perfect oral practice - simple version
past perfect for explaining past events. One student reads a question - example, 'Why was David so tired yesterday?' Other students have to guess the same explanation using the past perfect.
 
 

 

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Past perfect practice - revised
Cut up. Students take it in turns to read out statements using the past simple: the house was a mess on Sunday morning. Others have to guess the reason using the past perfect: You'd had a party the night before.
 
 

 

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General English course books (adults)

Global Intermediate Coursebook book cover 

Global Intermediate Coursebook

Lindsay Clandfield   Rebecca Robb Benne   
 
Unit 2 Lives and Legends  Page 21   Past perfect & past simple
 
 
Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Intermediate

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 11 Journey  Page 98 

 
 
New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate students' book

Sarah Cunningham   Peter Moore   
 
Module 14 Money, money, money  Page 126 
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 5 Unusual achievements  Pages 54 - 55  Perfect tenses
Listening, analysis and follow-up exercises on present perfect simple, future perfect simple and past perfect simple
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

Intermediate Communication Games book cover 

Intermediate Communication Games

Jill Hadfield   
 
29 - Detective work  Page 29 
Card game. Small groups. Past perfect Past simple Language for making deductions. Murder-solving game with clue cards.
 
 
Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8) book cover 

Play Games with English Book 2 (1981-8)

Colin Granger   John Plumb   
 
History quiz page 35  Page 35 
What had happened when these historic photographs were taken? 'The Wright Brothers had just made their first flight.'
 
Observation 4 page 46  Page 46 
Picture (1920s New York office) with anachronistic objects. Ss make sentences, 'Rock 'n' roll hadn't been thought of yet.'
 
 

Grammar books with exercises

Developing Grammar in Context book cover 

Developing Grammar in Context

Mark Nettle   Diana Hopkins   
 
9 The past perfect  Pages 47 - 52
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack book cover 

Reward Intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
 
35 Psychic link  Page 35 
Jigsaw story dictation. Pairwork.
 
 
Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack  book cover 

Reward Pre-Intermediate Resource Pack

Sue Kay   
 
40 Work it out  Page 40 
Six mystery puzzles of the dead-man-in-a-field-with-a-parachute-on-his-back kind. All contain examples of the past perfect.
 
 

Grammar

Comparison with as...as...

Comparison with <i>as</i>...</i>as...</as>: picture
 
Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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Download Comparison with as...as - grammar notes (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
 
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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Download Dress code (PDF)
 
 

ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
 
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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Download Intermediate (PDF)
 
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