Past perfect simple and past
perfect continuous
Past perfect simple
• We use past perfect simple for completed
actions in the apst that happened before
other completed actions in the past
• After she had cleaned the room, she went
out
Past perfect continuous
• We use the past perfect continuous for
actions that happened repeatedly or for a
period of time before another action in the
past
• They had been walking across a field when
Derosiers felt a pain in his chest
Decide which action happened
before another action in the past
• My mum was tired because she had been
driving all day
• By the time I arrived at the restaurant,
everyone had gone
• As soon as I had eaten my lunch I rang Jane
• After I had finished my homework, I went
out
Finish the sentences:
• My clothes were wet because..........
• I was exhausted because.............
• That man was so boring that by the end of
our conversation...........
• I met an interesting girl yesterday who told
me she.........
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Past perfect simple and past perfect continuous