SECONDARY 2
 
 
GRAMMAR
 
 
UNIT 11
 
Past Perfect Simple and Continuous
 
Name _________________________________________
Date __________________

 
1. Choose the correct answer from a, b, c or d.
1.
By the time my mother was aged 30, she _____ five children.
 
a) was had
b) had had
c) had been having
d) have had
 
 
 
 
 
2.
I _____ for half an hour before I realised that I was dangerously far away from the beach.
 
a) had been swimming
b) had swum
 
c) swam
d) was swimming
 
 
 
 
 
3.
Years ago, after Zakaria _____ school, he worked on a farm.
 
a) was leaving
b) had been leaving
c) has left
d) had left
 
 
 
 
 
4.
Professor Williams _____ his important book about life and science at the time of his death. The book was completed by Professor Jones.
 
a) did not finish
b) had not finished
 
c) had not been finishing
d) had not finishing
 
 
 
 
 
5.
Yesterday I _____ with my friends when my family had an emergency and I had to go home.
 
a) was studying
b) had studied
 
c) have been studying
d) studied
 
 
 
 
 
6.
Mariam looked so happy when we saw her last week. Perhaps she _____ some good news?
 
a) got
b) had been getting
c) had got
d) has got
 
 
 
 
 
7.
By the time Herman Melville was in his mid twenties, he _____ all over the world.
 
a) already travelled
b) had already travelled
 
c) had already been travelling
d) has already travelled
 
 
 
 
 
8.
The spiders _____ in the underground tomb for thousands of years when the thieves found the tomb.
 
a) had been living
b) had lived
 
c) were living
d) lived
 
 

2. Rewrite using the words in brackets to give the same meaning.
1.
Every time Maha reads too much, she gets a headache. (Whenever)
 
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2.
The holiday was over. I read the whole book before that. (By the time)
 
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3.
Sara and Nesma had been talking for more than an hour. Then their friend Hana arrived. (when)
 
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4.
I travelled to France. I had been studying French for ten years. (Before)
 
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5.
I turned 18. Before that I studied all the plays written by Shakespeare. (By the time)
 
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3. Find the mistakes and correct them.
 
I saw my old friend, Sameh, the other day. I hadn’t been seeing him for several years. He looked a lot older and very tired. I asked him what he was doing since I saw him last. He told me that he had been moving away from Cairo, and that for the last three years he worked as a nurse in a hospital in Minya. He has now returned to Cairo and has a new job. He told me that he looked tired because the day before he was helping with an operation for eight hours, and then he had to help with some emergency cases. He did not sleep at all! But he was happy that he had been leaving his job in Minya, because his family live in Cairo.
 
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4. Match the phrases, then rewrite each sentence below.
 
A
B
1.
I had eaten five chocolate bars
a.
and I felt very tired.
2.
Emad had been travelling for five months
b.
while I was going there.
3.
Before I met you, I had been running for two hours
c.
George had travelled to five countries.
4.
Ehab had finished reading his book
d.
before I started to feel sick.
5.
By the age of 23
e.
and he missed home.
 
 
f.
so he was looking for a new one.
 
 
 
 
1.
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2.
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3.
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4.
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5.
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5. Read the paragraph. Underline the correct words in parentheses.
 
The strangest thing happened yesterday evening. I (meet - had met – was meeting) one of my friends on the street and we had decided to go for a coffee. We (were sitting and talking – had sat and talked – had been sitting and talking) in the coffee shop for one hour, when suddenly there was a loud bang and all the lights went off. All the customers were very worried. Fortunately my friend and I (had drunk – had been drinking – drank) only one coffee each, so we paid for our coffees and left, to find out what had happened. When we went outside, we (had seen – had been seeing – saw) a very strange sight. There was a dead goat lying in the street outside the coffee shop, and it had something long and thin in its mouth. The goat (was eating – had eaten - had been eating) the electricity cables, and this is why the electricity (was stopping – had been stopping - had stopped)!