GRAMMAR is Grammar FUN With Humor 12

The Past PerfectContinuous The Past Perfect Complete the jokes by putting these verbs in the gaps provided. Watch your spelling! dig follow go play run stand walk watch 1 Mrs Smith had been …..ing her doctor’s advice for weeks but she wasn’t feeling any better so she decided to visit the doctor again. “The pills you gave me don’t seem to be working. I still feel extremely tired.” “Well, perhaps the problem is your diet. What have you been eating?” “Oh!” exclaimed Mrs Smith. “Am I supposed to eat as well?” 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 shop on her way to work and each time she had stopped briefly to look in the window. One day she went in and said: “Would you take that dress with red flowers out of the window, 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 …..ing it 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 the corner of his shop to talk to a very fat boy who had been …..ing on the machine for about twenty minutes. The boy

seemed to be having trouble reading the chart on the machine which showed how much people of different heights should weigh. “So how much are you overweight?” “I’m not overweight,” said the boy indignantly. “I’m just fifteen centimeters too short!” 6 Two Native Americans were sitting on a hill looking across the countryside. They had been …..ing smoke signals from the next village all morning. One said to the other: “What do you think?” “I think somebody is writing a novel,” the other replied. 7 There was a lot of snow. Paul and Robert were given a sledge by their father as a present. They had been …..ing with it for about an hour when Paul suddenly rushed into the house with tears in his eyes. Robert soon followed. “Robert!” shouted their father. “I thought I told you to let Paul use the sledge half the time?” “But I did, dad. I had it going down and he had it going up!” 8 Roger’s face was very red because he had been …..ing up the street as fast as he could. As he came into the house his mother asked, “Why are you running?” “I was trying to stop a fight.” “Who was fighting?” “Me and the big boy who has just moved into the house at the bottom of the street!”

ANSWERS
1 following 2 walking 3 going 4 digging 5 standing 6 watching 7 playing 8 running HUMOR “My wife insists that I see things HER way. So she sent me here for a thorough eye examination and treatment.” Reflection How many husbands are hen-pecked?

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