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    Past perfect simple, past perfect continuous

    When the three bears got home they realised someone had used their things'.

    Past perfect simple / continuous

    Simple: HAD + past participle

    An action occurred before another action in the past.

    ( had lived, had sung …).

    I lived in Miami, Florida. I had lived in New York City before.

    Continuous: HAD BEEN + V-ing

    An action started in the past and continued up until another time in the past

    ( had been living, had been singing …).

    Remember that horrible day: You eventually arrived. I had been waiting for you for two hours!

    Test : use one of these two tenses.

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    1. He (marry) her two years before we met.

    2. I (want / always) to travel. That's why I was delighted to go abroad with them.

    3. She was no stranger to him. They (be introduced) to each other a few days before.

    4. We (stay) there since 1980, you know.

    5. I (stay / never) in London before. How expensive hotels are!

    6. Did I tell you that when I saw you, I realised that we (meet / already) ?

    7. James told me you (buy) the old vicarage two years before your son's birth.

    8. I wish we (buy) it before.

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