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  1. past perfect continious tense
 
PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE
Fill in the blanks by using the Past Perfect Continuous Tense and the Simple Past Tense.
1. Beethoven (compose)had been composing for a number of years before he (become)becamewell-known.
2. The children (go)................ to the museum yesterday. They (want).................. to go for a very long time.
3. The headmaster of the school............... .(work) for 3 0 years when he finally (retire)................ in 1980.
4. They (travel)........................ all day, so they (be).......................... very tired.
5. When he (see).......................... Amy, she (play)...................... chess.
6. How long (wait/you).........................for the exam result at school yesterday?
7. Alice (try)..................... to open the door when we (come)................... to help.
8.1 (earn) ....................1000 dollars before I (get)..................... this position.
9.Alex(wait)......................... for half an hour when she finally (arrive)......................
10. The guests (smoke)...................... before the fire (start)...........................
11. My teacher (live) .......................in Izmir when she (start)..................... to study French.
12. She (have) .......................a very exciting life before she (get) ..........................married.
13. Patricia (look)............... for white trousers to match this shirt until I (find)........... this black and green one.
14. Thomas and Nick (watch) ........................ the news for an hour when their friends (come) ............... to take them to dinner.
15. The students (make)......................... a lot of noise when the teacher (come)...................... in.
16. When Alfred (start)............................... to study French, Felix (study).................. it for ten years.
17. Juliet (teach)..................... English for two years when she (move).................. to Boston.
18.1 (study)..................... when the telephone (ring).........................
19. She (try).......................... to solve the problem when I (ask).......................... for help.
20. Monica (do)............................. the series of experiments when I (read)......................... the report.

Complete the sentences by using the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
1.1 had been trying to buy that car for a month before I bought my new car.
2. They................................................................. when the accident occurred.
3. Erica................................................................. when she finally stopped.
4. It....................................................................... before we arrived at the campus.
5. Dominic............................................................. before he wrote his equation.
6. Shirley............................................................... before she began to study French.
7. My parents ........................................................ before they saw İzmir.
8. The temperature ................................................ until the rain started.
9. Eric ................................................................... before help came.
10. Darwin............................................................. before he wrote his theory of evolution.
 
Fill the blanks with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.
They (work) had been working on the test questions for fifty minutes when the bell finally (ring)........................... Before the bell (ring)............................. I (try)................. to answer question number seven for several minutes. I (solve)........................it. The teacher (watch)....................... them for a whole hour when the test (end)...................., so she (be).............................. tired. They (give).............................. their test papers to the teacher as they (leave)............................ the room.
 
Answer the questions by using the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
1. Why was she laughing ? (Tom / makes jokes)
She was laughing because Tom had been making jokes.
2. Why were you sweating ? (lie in the sun)
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3. Why was she carrying a camera ? (take photographs)
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4. Why was she unhappy ? (her mother / work / far away from her / for a year)
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5. Why had he lost a lot of money ? (bet on horses)
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Rewrite the sentences by using "before, after" with the correct tense.
1. Caroline worked in a bad light and then her eyes were sore.
After Caroline had been working in a bad light, her eyes were sore.
2. The professor taught in the university for 10 years, and then he retired.
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3. Rex asked Ingrid to marry him for a year. Then they were engaged.
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4. It rained for an hour and then everything was soaked.
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Complete the following sentences with the correct forms of the verbs in brackets.
1. Peter had been waiting for Judy for two hours before she arrived, (wait)
2.1 was very tired last night. Because I................................. very hard since morning, (work)
3. His feet ached last weekend. He........................... for six hours to find a good hotel, (walk)
4. The children drowned in the sea. They................................................... .(swim)
5. When she arrived, her children............................................... .(fight)
6. Her clothes were very dirty. She......................................... in the garden, (play)
7. He felt sick last night because he..................................a lot of things since yesterday morning. (eat)
8. We were hot because we............................................. for two hours, (run)
9. When I arrived at the cinema my boyfriend................................ the tickets, (buy)
10. Her eyes were wet. She......................................... (cry)
 
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