Usage examples Past Simple vs. Past Perfect

  • Had they bought anything from Ikea before yesterday?

  • Lola had not eaten anything all day before she had dinner.

  • I announced that I had left my job.

  • What had they said that made you so upset?

  • My daughter got a new job last month.

  • My parents had not come to my games before yesterday.

  • Lisa had left before the party even started.

  • I went to London three days ago.

  • Before last night I hadn't spoken to my mum for a month.

  • Had the snowstorm started before you left?

  • I had never driven a Ferrari before I went to Monaco.

  • Paul told me they had lived in Spain for five years.

  • Had Emma seen a psychiatrist before you told her to?

  • Mary explained that she had just come back from her holidays.

  • Samanta had never danced salsa before she went to the class.

  • Anna hadn't eaten Chinese food before she went to Beijing.

  • What had Josh done that you became so angry?

  • I had just baked the cake, and dad ate it all!

  • How much had James drunk before you took him home?

  • My brother had never done any sport before he took up basketball.

  • Had you spoken to Jack before you met each other?

  • Had it taken so long to get a table in the past?