Category: English tenses

Past perfect simple or past perfect continuous?

Put each verb in brackets into the past perfect simple or the past perfect continuous.

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Please use short forms e.g. haven't instead of have not in negative statements and use long forms in positive statements e.g. I am instead of I'm.

1. When we went back, our house was empty. Somebody (rob) us.2. We (run) for an hour when I suddenly felt bad.3. She (apply) for this job for a long time and finally she got it.4. I (wait) for 30 minutes before the train arrived.5. We (drive) for two hours when, all of a sudden, the car broke down.6. I wasn't hungry, because I (already eat) a big lunch.7. I (finish) dinner when she arrived.8. It was the second time I (play) tennis with Mike that week.9. I (play) tennis so long that later I was totally exhausted.10. The ground was wet. It (rain).11. We (use) all the petrol and had to lend some from our neighbours.12. How many times (you meet) her before yesterday?13. We were good friends. We (know) each other for a long time.14. He (have) his car for 2 motnhs before he wrote it off.15. I (finish) cooking so I could get some rest.