Lesson 16 - Curso de Ingles Rapido


Past Perfect Continuous

Formado com had + been + verbo principal com –ing.  Enfatiza a duração ou repetição da ação até determinado tempo no passado.  É comum vir acompanhado de advérbios como for, when¸ after:

It was 8:00 pm and she was tired because she had been working for ten hours.
Yesterday morning I got up and looked out of the window.The sun was shining but the ground was very wet. It had been raining.

Atenção para não confundir past continuous com past perfect continuous:

When I met Sarah, I saw she was crying (ela estava chorando quando a encontrei)
When I met Sarah, I saw she had been crying ( ela não estava mais chorando, mas deu para perceber que estivera chorando antes).


I.              Complete the sentences below with the Past Perfect Continuous:

Our game of tennins was interrupted.  We ____________(play) for about half an
hour when it started to rain very heavily.

Ken gave up smoking 2 weeks ago.  He _______________(smoke) for 30 years.

When the boys came into the house, their clothes were dirty, their hair was untidy
and one of them had a black eye.  They ______________(fight)

I was very tired when I arrived home.  I ________________(work) hard all day.


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