GrammarWith Humor 12
The Past Perfect Continuous
Complete the jokes by putting these verbs in the gapsprovided. Watch your spelling!
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1 Mrs Smith had been …..ing her doctor’s advice forweeks but she wasn’t feeling any better so she decided tovisit the doctor again.“The pills you gave me don’t seem to be working. I stillfeel extremely tired.”“Well, perhaps the problem is your diet. What have youbeen eating?”“Oh!” exclaimed Mrs Smith. “Am I supposed to eat aswell?”2 “Dad, was I walking when my little sister was born?”“Yes, you had been …..ing for six months.”“Really? I must have been very tired then!”3 For weeks Gill had been …..ing past an expensive shopon her way to work and each time she had stopped brieflyto look in the window. One day she went in and said:“Would you take that dress with red flowers out of thewindow, please?”“Certainly, madam,” replied the shop assistant.“Thank you. It’s been annoying me for weeks!”4 Peter had a very large garden and he had been …..ingit for about five hours when Mrs Burns came along.“Oh, hello, Peter. What are you growing?”The sweat was running down Peter’s face.He looked up and said, “Tired!”5 A shopkeeper went over to the weighing machine in thecorner of his shop to talk to a very fat boy who had been…..ing on the machine for about twenty minutes. The boy