Unlocking Past Perfect Continuous With 3 Effective Exercises

By Benjamin Essek

Are you a student trying to get better at writing in English? A useful technique for describing continuing acts that took place before another action in the past is the past perfect continuous tense. We give you three exercises to assist you in honing your past perfect continuous tense and 4 types of past tense abilities. Take your writing to the next level with us as we get started!

Exercise 1: Find the mistake

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Past Perfect Continuous Practice

Find the mistake

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You have been waiting there for a few minutes when she arrived.

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When I asked Carlos if he wanted to go out, he said he couldn’t because he finished an assignment

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Prior to the explosion, the fat man has eaten seven large chocolate cakes

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When the doctor told him his liver was seriously bad, he ate hamburgers for a month.

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When the student revolution came, I worked there for 6 months.

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Tinna trained guide dogs for a long time before she changed her job.

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We traveled all day before we got to Madrit.

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Marry hasn't waited long when he turned up.

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She didn't sit at home for long before she went out.

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She did various sports for a long time so she was very fit.

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You had working there for more than two hours when she finally arrived.

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James taught at the university for more than a year before he left for Asia.

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Mike wanted to sit down because he has standing all day at work.

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How long had you waiting to get on the bus?

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She worked at that company for three years when it went out of business.

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They had talking for over an hour before Tony arrived.

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The motorcycle belonged to George for years before Tina bought it.

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Betty fail the final test because she had not attending class.

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Sam gained weight because he had been overeaten.

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Jason was tired because he was jogging.

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The average score is 100%

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Exercise 2: Put the verb in the past perfect continuous tense, add a comma between 2 answers for multiple answers

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Past Perfect Continuous Practice

Put the verb in the past perfect continuous tense, add a comma between 2 answers for multiple answers

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Peter (drink)  ______________too much, so he (have) ______________to run to the bathroom a lot.

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Susan (be)______________hungry because she (fast) ______________the whole day.

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Alex(play) ______________golf for many years before he (retire)

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They (decide)______________to break up because they (fight)              for a long time.

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She (want)______________to rest a bit because she (clean)                 ______________the whole day.

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I (wait)______________for the bus for 10 minutes when it (arrive)                     ______________

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They (jog) ______________ for a while before they (get) ______________-tired.

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She (sit)______________- there for 20 minutes before the doctor (call)         her name.

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Anna (fail) ______________the exam because she (skip)                    ______________ classes.

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They (chat) ______________for over 2 hours.

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They (cycle)______________all day so their legs were sore in the evening.

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She (sell) ______________soaps before she (open)   ______________her own company.

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They were very tired in the evening because they (help)______________ on the farm all day.

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He (drive) ______________less than an hour when he ran out of petrol.

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How long (learn/she)  ______________English before she went to London?

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I (not walk) ______________for a long time, when it suddenly began to rain.

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We (look for) ______________her ring for two hours and then we found it in the bathroom.

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We (wait) ______________ at the station for 90 minutes when the train finally arrived.

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We (sleep) ______________for 12 hours when he woke us up.

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I was very tired when I arrived home. I (work) ______________hard all day.

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The average score is 95%

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Exercise 3: Put the verbs in brackets in to complete the passage

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Past Tense Practice

Put the verbs in brackets in to complete the passage

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I ...(a)... there quickly and I ...(b)... the door. I couldn’t believe my eyes. An enormous monkey ...(c)... the biscuits excitedly on the kitchen chair.

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A few minutes later, I 16 ...(a)... my glass of milk when I ...(b)... a loud noise coming from the dining room.

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And there were no biscuits in the biscuit jar: somebody ...(a)... them all! I was sure I ...(b)... the jar there the previous day, and I ...(c)... only one cookie. It was very strange.

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Then I ...(a)... for the kitchen chair but it ...(b)... there: somebody ...(c)... it away.

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My mother ...(a)... me a jar of delicious home-made biscuits. I ...(b)...  into the kitchen, ...(c)... the fridge and ...(d)... some milk in a big glass.

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But of course I was hungry; I ...(a)... anything since lunch, and I ...(b)... a race in the morning. “Biscuits!” I ...(c)....

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It was Sunday afternoon. I ...(a)... a cookery program on TV when I ...(b)... how hungry I was.

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The average score is 78%

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By completing these three past-perfect continuous tense tasks, you’re well on mastering the English language. These exercises greatly enhance your abilities, whether you’re a beginner or an established English learner. Additionally, these exercises provided a foundation for using past perfect tense with confidence. Now you’ll be able to depict current acts in the past with experience confidently.