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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #53798: Past perfect simple or continuous
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    Past perfect simple or continuous

    The past perfect simple is used for an action in the past.


    The past perfect continuous is also used for an action in the past, but the action is lasting a while.


    An action had been happening when another one had happened.




    He had been playing football, and then he had broken his leg.


    Exercise: Complete with the verb in the right tense.

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    1. When I arrived at the station the train (leave).

    2. He (play) tennis for 4 hours when he broke his leg.

    3. The dog came into the house once she (finish) the housework.

    4. He (drive) his car for 10 minutes when he realized it had a flat tyre.

    5. She (throw) the letter away when she noticed it was important.

    6. He (swim) for 15 minutes when he understood he had lost his swimsuit.

    7. When he saw her he knew he (meet) her before.

    8. When he phoned her she (go) out.

    9. It (rain) for one hour when the wind started to blow.

    10. He rushed to the baker's when he saw his wife (forget) to buy some bread.

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