Past Perfect Continuous Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games

Cause and Effect

ESL Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This cause and effect worksheet helps students learn how to use the past perfect continuous to communicate cause and effect. After reading through how the past perfect continuous tense is used to show cause and effect, the students complete sentences with the past perfect continuous form of the verb in brackets. Next, students match situations to their probable causes using 'because' in the middle to connect the results on the left to their causes on the right. After that, students answer questions with their own ideas using the negative form of the past perfect continuous. Lastly, students write about one of their biggest achievements using the past perfect continuous to say four things they did to prepare for the event.
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Interactive Version - This past perfect continuous interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students practice the past perfect continuous for cause and effect.

 

Past Perfect Continuous

ESL Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

Here is a free past perfect continuous worksheet for intermediate students to use in class. Students begin with a gap-fill exercise where they complete past perfect continuous sentences using verbs in brackets. Next, students correct mistakes in a set of past perfect continuous sentences. Students then fill in gaps in a story using verbs from a box in the past perfect continuous tense. Students then move on to answer comprehension questions about the story using full past perfect continuous sentences. As an extension, students write and present a short story about the characters in the text using a set of past perfect phrases and other narrative tenses where appropriate.
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Interactive Version - In this free past perfect continuous interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn and practice the past perfect continuous tense.

 

Past and Past Perfect Continuous

ESL Past Continuous vs. Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this past continuous and past perfect continuous worksheet, students learn how the past perfect continuous is different from the past continuous when expressing progressive actions in the past. Students start by identifying the correct past progressive tense in a set of sentences. Next, students complete sentences with their own ideas in the past perfect continuous or past continuous. After that, students put a story in the correct order by numbering sentences 1 to 12. In the last exercise, students write past continuous or past perfect continuous questions that correspond to a set of answers.
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Interactive Version - In this past continuous vs. past perfect continuous interactive worksheet, students complete exercises to learn the difference between the past continuous and past perfect continuous.

 

Long Sentence Game

ESL Past Simple vs. Past Perfect Continuous Game - Reading & Writing Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this fun past simple and past perfect continuous activity, students play a long sentence game where they write sentence halves using the past perfect continuous and past simple alternately. Students read the past perfect continuous sentence half at the top of their card, e.g. 'They had been riding camels through the desert for half a day...' Students then write a past simple sentence half in box number 1 underneath to continue the sentence, e.g. '...when they saw an ice cream shop'. Next, students fold their card so that only the sentence half they wrote appears. The students then pass their card to the person on their right who writes a past perfect continuous sentence half in box 2, e.g. '...they had been looking for one for an hour'. Students then fold as before so only their sentence half shows. This process is repeated with students writing past perfect continuous and past simple sentence halves alternately until the card is complete. Students then unfold their cards and take it in turns to read their long sentences to the group. Finally, each group chooses the best or most amusing long sentence and reads it to the class.
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Combinations

ESL Past Simple and Past Perfect Continuous Game - Matching Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging past perfect continuous activity, students play a pelmanism style game where they combine past perfect continuous and past simple sentence halves together with 'when' to make logical sentences. Students take it in turns to turn over one past perfect continuous card and one past simple card from each set. If a student can combine the two sentence halves with 'when' to make a logical sentence, the student keeps the two cards and scores a point, e.g. 'He hadn't been riding the elephant for long when it suddenly started raining hard'. If a logical sentence cannot be made, the student turns the cards back over. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Past Perfect Continuous Practice

ESL Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

This useful past perfect continuous worksheet helps students to identify and practice the past perfect continuous tense. First, students do a matching exercise where they draw lines to match sentence halves together. Students then identify past perfect continuous phrases, past simple phrases, affirmative and negative sentences, and questions from the first exercise. Next, students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with past simple and past perfect continuous verb forms from a box. In the last exercise, students use the past perfect continuous to finish sentences with explanations.
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Interactive Version - In this past perfect continuous interactive worksheet, students do a variety of exercises to help them review the past perfect continuous tense.

 

Past Perfect Continuous Review

ESL Past Perfect Continuous Review - Reading and Writing Exercises - Upper-intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this past perfect continuous review worksheet, students revise the past perfect continuous tense and how it is used with the past simple. To begin, students put words in order to make past perfect continuous sentences about different people. Next, students use their own ideas to complete sentences with a past perfect continuous clause, e.g. 'Before Grace got her first job, she had been volunteering in a hospital'. After that, students complete a story about someone's greatest achievement with verbs in brackets in their past simple or past perfect continuous form. Students then move on to use the past perfect continuous to answer comprehension questions about the story. Finally, students write about one of their greatest achievements using the past perfect continuous and past simple.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive past perfect continuous exercises PDF, students review the past perfect continuous and its use with the past simple.

 
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