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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Past Perfect Continuous

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of the past perfect continuous.

Example

Choose the past perfect continuous sentences.
I had finished washing the dishes when someone knocked on my door.
I had been washing the dishes for five minutes when someone knocked on my door.

The correct answer is "I had been washing the dishes for five minutes when someone knocked on my door."


1.

Choose the past perfect continuous sentences.

  I was jogging through the park when I met my boyfriend.
  I had been jogging through the park for fifteen minutes when I met my boyfriend.
     
2.

Choose the past perfect continuous sentences.

  The phone had been ringing for five minutes when I answered it.
  The phone rang and I answered it.
     
3.

Choose the past perfect continuous sentences.

  I had waited for forty minutes when my meal was served.
  I had been waiting for forty minutes when my meal was served.
     
4.

Choose the past perfect continuous sentences.

  I had been studying for ten years when I finally graduated.
  I had studied for ten years when I finally graduated.
     
Choose the correct sentence to express the following situations.
     
5.

Situation: Mr. Lucas began teaching at 8:30. Mr. Lucas continued teaching until the fire bell rang at 9:00.

  Mr. Lucas had taught when the fire bell rang.
  Mr. Lucas had been teaching for half an hour when the fire bell rang.
     
6.

Situation: Mr. Lucas began teaching math at 8:30. Mr. Lucas taught math until 10:00. Mr. Lucas taught English from 10:00 until 11:00. The fire bell rang at 10:15.

  Mr. Lucas had taught math when the fire bell rang.
  Mr. Lucas had been teaching math for an hour when the fire bell rang.
     
7.

Situation: Renee took a bath from 7:30 to 8:00. At 7:45 his wife came home.

  Renee had been taking a bath for fifteen minutes when his wife came home.
  Renee had taken a bath when his wife came home.
     
8.

Situation: Renee took a bath from 7: 30 to 8:00. At 8:15 his wife came home.

  Renee had been taking a bath for half an hour when his wife came home.
  Renee had taken a bath when his wife came home.
     
9.

Situation: Sheila worked in the garden from 6:00 to 7:00. Her husband started mowing the lawn at 6:15.

  Sheila had worked in the garden when her husband started mowing the lawn.
  Sheila had been working in the garden for fifteen minutes when her husband started mowing the lawn.
     
10.

Situation: Sheila worked in the garden from 6:00 to 7:00. Her husband started mowing the lawn at 7:15.

  Sheila had been working in the garden for an hour when her husband started mowing the lawn.
  Sheila had worked in the garden when her husband started mowing the lawn.