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