Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous 2
Complete the following sentences with the
past perfect continuous
forms of the verbs in bold.
all the ice cream by the time Susan got to the party.
Matthew needed a holiday because he
hard for several months.
I could tell my daughter
because her eyes were red.
up at four o'clock all week, so on Saturday he was completely exhausted.
to the theatre before last Friday.
Japanese before she moved to Japan?
about the consequences, he wouldn't have done that.
to Mark for years before Sara bought it.
The police officer asked whether everybody
I wish I
fishing that day. Everybody else did.
had/'d eaten (PP)
action happened before a specific time in the past
had/'d been working (PPC)
emphasis on the duration of an action in the past
had/'d been crying (PPC)
the cause and effect of something from the past
had/'d been getting (PPC)
repeated actions that happened in the past
had never been (PP)
action did not happen before the past
Had Amanda ever studied (PP)
action happened before something else in the past
had/'d known (PP)
the third conditional
had belonged (PP)
the past perfect is usually used with stative verbs
had left (PP)
had/'d gone (PP)
regret or dissatisfaction with the past