|an action in progress|
|around you at the moment indicated||behind you for some time up to the momentindicated|
|I’m going in for boxing now.||I’ve been going in for boxing for a week.|
|We realized she was crying. (tears running down her cheeks)||We realized she had been crying. (dry but swollen eyes)|
8. Choose the correct variant from the brackets.
1. We had to wait because they ___ still ___ the suit. (were ironing/ had been ironing) 2. When we came they ___ already ___ dinner. (were having/ had been having) 3. We ___ (were walking/ had been walking) in silence when we heard a Progressive or Perfect Progressive loud cry. 4. I ___ (was waiting/ had been waiting) for several hours when the telephone rang after all. 5. She looked around and saw that a car ___ (was parking/ had been parking in front of her house. 6. They informed me that they ___ (were trying/ had been trying) to trace the criminal since the day of the murder. 7. Last Sunday I ___ (was lying/ had been lying) in the sun all day long.
|simple facts, simple or repeated, with exact time||actions in progress between the beginning and the end||actions viewed in retrospect, in close connection Progressive or Perfect Progressive with the moment||actions in progress viewed in retrospect|
|She always helped people.||Oh, she’s helping you again!||She’s never helped me.||How long have you been helping her?|
9. Insert the proper tense form of any suitable verb.
1. She ___ always ___ when I see her. 2. I ___ right now. 3. We ___ just now. 4. The children ___ football all day long yesterday. 5. The children ___ the piano from 4 to 5. Our family ___ in Moscow for ten years, then ___ to Voronezh. 6. The football team were awfully tired because they ___ while it ___ drizzling. 7. The dog __ till I __ angry and told him that I __ kick him if he __n’t Progressive or Perfect Progressive stop it. 8. Mother __ sandwiches in the kitchen and ___ any sounds. 9. The festival __tomorrow in the open air if it __ as heavily as it __today. 10. I __ homework for some time, ___ TV and after all ___ to bed later than everybody ___.