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