Упр.135. Переведите предложения, обращая внимание на разницу в переводе и употреблении Present и Past Perfect Continuous.

1. When the director came into the classroom the pupils had already been

writing their compositions for half an hour. 2. They have been playing chess since ten o'clock. 3. We have been preparing for the coming examinations for the whole semester. 4. She has been playing the piano for three hours. 5. He has been learning English at school for five years and now he is learning at the Institute. 6. She has been sleeping since yesterday. I think she is ill. 7. I was late and when I entered the hall the professor had already been speaking for half an hour.

Упр.136. Ответьте на вопросы, используя Past Perfect Continuous.

Model: - Did it rain yesterday? - Yes, it did.

- How long had it been raining before you went for a walk?

- It had been raining for an hour.


1. Did he live in London in 1990?

How long had he been living there when the war broke out? (for three years)

2. Did she work at the Institute before she retired?

How long had she been working there by that time? (for 25 years)

3. Did you stay in the hotel when you were in London?

How long had you been staying there when your friends arrived? (for a week)

4. Did they study French before they went to France?

How long had they been studying it before they went to France? (for three years)

5. Did he work on his book last year?

How long had he been working on it before the book was published? (for two years)

6. Did you take part in the chess tournament yesterday?

How long had you been playing chess before you took part in the tournament? (for six years)

7. Did he listen to that record yesterday?

How long had he been listening to it before he understood all the words? (for an hour)

8. Did he work in the library last week?

How long had he been working there before he wrote the report? (for a day)


Упр.137. Прочитайте ситуации и составьте предложения с Past Perfect Continuous, используя слова в скобках.

Model: I was very tired when I arrived home. (to work all day long)

…I had been working all day long.


1. The two boys came into the house. Their clothes looked dirty. (to play football in the yard)

2. There was nobody in the room but there was a smell of cigarettes. (somebody \ to smoke in the room)

3. Ann woke up in the middle of the night. She was frightened and did not know where she was. (to have a bad night dream)

4. When I got home Mike was sitting in front of TV. He had just turned it off. (to watch TV)

5. Bill's lips were dirty. (to eat blackberries)

6. When he went out, the sun was shining but the ground was wet. (to rain)

7. Ken gave up (бросил) smoking two years ago. (to smoke for ten years)

8. When the boys came into house their hair was untidy and one of them had a black eye. (to fight)


Упр.138. Поставьте глагол в скобках в форме Past Perfect Continuous.

1. Winifred rose from an armchair in which she (to sit). 2. "I'm coming all right," said Mr.Dilinger, who (to shiver) for the last ten minutes. 3. I realized that he had come away with me in order to discuss once more what he already (to discuss) for hours with his uncle. 4. Mrs.Capone made no sign, but her silence told something. Gennie went over to her and quickly discovered that she (to cry).

Упр. 139. Поставьте глагол в скобках во времена Present Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous, Past Perfect или Past Perfect Continuous.

1. Ann is sitting on the ground. She is out of breath. She (to run). 2. Where is my bag? I left it under this chair. Somebody (to take) it? 3. We were all surprised when Dick and Helen got married. They only (to know) each other for a week. 4. It's still raining. I wish it would stop. It (to rain) for the whole day. 5. I wasn't hungry at lunchtime, so I didn't have anything to eat: I (to eat) a big breakfast. 6. Every year Bob and Alice spend a few days at the same hotel by the sea. They (to go) there for three years. 7. I've got a headache. I (to have) it since I got up. 8. Next week Jerry is going to run a marathon. He (to train) very hard for it.


Упр. 140. Раскройте скобки, используя одно из прошедших времен.


1. I (to find) later that I (to use) an out of date time-table (расписание). 2. It (to be) 6 p.m. and Jack (to be) tired because he (to work) hard all day. 3. He clearly (to listen) to our conversation and I (to wonder) how much he (to hear). 4. She (to say) she (to teach) at this school for twenty years. 5. He (to say) he just (to return) the book he (to read) all the time. 6. He (to ask) me if I (to see) Robert and (to say) that he (to look) for him all the day. 7. When I (to come) to work in the laboratory, they (to work) on this problem for six weeks. 8. It was very noisy next door. Our neigbours (to have) a party. 9. We were good friends. We (to know) each other for a long time. 10. John and I went for a walk. I had difficulty keeping up with him because he (to walk) so fast. 11. Mary was sitting on the ground. She was out of breath. She (to run). 12. When I arrived everybody was sitting round the table with their mouths full. They (to eat). 13. Jim was on his hands and knees on the floor. He (to look) for his glasses. 14. When I arrived, Kate (to wait) for me. She was rather angry with me because I was late and she (to wait) for a long time. 15. I was sad when I sold my car. I (to have) it for many years. 16. We were very tired at the end of the journey. We (to travel) for more than 24 hours.



1. That Monday evening I (to get) a phone call when I (to eat) dinner at a

club. 2. My sister's birthday (to be) the only thing anybody (to talk) at home for the last two weeks. 3. I (to go) back to the hotel and up to my room, where I (to expect) my parents at six-thirty. 4. He (to turn) to greet her, who (to stand) at his side. 5. Scarlett, who (to fan) herself with a fan, (to stop) suddenly. 6. He just (to leave) for the airport when she (to call). 7. "What are you thinking of?" he (to say) after he (to look) at me for a few seconds. 8. At nine in the morning she (to stand) on the steps in front of the hotel. 9. He (not to say) where he (to sleep) the night before and (to have) an appearance of not having slept at all.


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