Past Perfect Continuous Worksheets, ESL Games and Activities

Cause and Effect Worksheet

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

This past perfect continuous worksheet helps students practice how to use the past perfect continuous to communicate cause and effect. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. 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. When the students have finished, review their answers together as a class. 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. Finally, the students read out their sentences to the class.
 

Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

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

Here is a free past perfect continuous worksheet for intermediate students. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. 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 a short story about the characters in the text using a set of past perfect phrases and other narrative tenses where appropriate. When the students have finished, have them read their stories to the class and give feedback.
 

Past and Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

ESL Past Continuous vs. Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Reading & Writing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this past continuous vs. past perfect continuous worksheet, students learn how the past perfect continuous is different from the past continuous when expressing progressive actions in the past. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin 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. When the students have finished, review their sentences. 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.
 

Long Sentence Game

ESL Past Simple and Past Perfect Continuous Activity - Reading and Writing - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this fun past perfect continuous teaching activity, students play a long sentence game where they write sentence halves using the past perfect continuous and past simple alternately. Divide the students into groups of four and give each student a card. The 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 along the dotted line above the box 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 along the dotted line 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. Students correct any mistakes in the sentences as they go. Finally, each group chooses the best or most amusing long sentence and reads it to the class.
 

Past Perfect Continuous Combinations

ESL Past Simple and Past Perfect Continuous Game - Speaking 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. Give each group of three or four a set of past perfect continuous cards and a set of past simple cards. The students shuffle each set of cards separately and then spread them out face down on the table in two sets. The students take it in turns to turn over one 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, keeping them in the same place. Students should try to remember the location of the sentence halves as this will help them make more sentences. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. If a few cards remain that cannot be combined together, students can add to each sentence half with their own ideas. So, if a remaining sentence half uses the past perfect continuous, the student completes the sentence with 'when' and a past simple sentence half of their own, or vice versa. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
 

Past Perfect Continuous Practice Worksheet

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

This useful past perfect continuous worksheet helps students to identify and practice the past perfect continuous tense. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin with 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. When the students have finished, review their answers as a class and give feedback.
 

Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet

ESL Past Perfect vs. Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet - Writing Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

This insightful past perfect continuous worksheet helps students review the difference between the past perfect and past perfect continuous. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. After reading through the grammar introduction, students match sentence halves together to make past perfect or past perfect continuous sentences. Students then underline the past perfect and circle the past perfect continuous forms in the sentences. Next, students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with the past perfect or past perfect continuous form of the verbs in brackets. After that, students answer questions using words in brackets in the past perfect or past perfect continuous tense. Finally, students complete sentences with their own ideas using the past perfect or past perfect continuous. Afterwards, review the students' sentences together with the class.
 
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