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Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous Exercises 1
Date 28/12/2008 13:57  Author detail  Hits 8020  Language Global
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 1. Put the verbs in brackets into the appropriate form of the Present Perfect Simple or Present Perfect Continuous.
Don't disturb your father. He ………………………./garden/ since early this morning.
I. This traffic is terrible. We /drive/ all day and we ………………………./only do/ 20 miles.
2. Do you think Danny is all right? He ………………………./only/ answer/ six questions and he ………………………./do/ the test for over an hour now.
3. I ………………………./try/ to find a job for six months now and ………………………./have/ about ten interviews.
4. I ………………………./ring/ my friends all morning to tell them that the party is off,
but I ………………………./not manage/ to get through to some of them.
5. I ………………………./meet/ some really interesting people since I started the course and we ………………………./study/ together in the evenings.
6. - You are covered in mud' What on earth ……………………….you………………………./do/?
- I ………………………./play/ football in the rain.
7. Oh, dear! You ………………………./sit/ in the sun too long! That's why your shoulders are burned.
8. Tom and Janet ………………………./go/ out with each other for two years now, haven't they?
9. Harry ………………………./learn/ to drive since the beginning of March.
10. Good heavens! We ………………………./wait/ for a taxi for over half an hour.
11. I'm afraid Barbara can't come. Her car ………………………./break/ down.
12. Ronald is an excellent journalist. A prestigious magazine ………………………./offer/ him an important post.
13. The students ………………………./write/ the exam for two hours now.
14. I don't know what time it is; my watch ………………………./stop/.
15. ……………………….you………………………. /read/ many books by Dickens?
16. You………………………. /not prepare/ for the examination. You will have to take it again.
17. How long ……………………….you………………………. /be/ a fire- fighter?
18. They ………………………./cancel/ tonight's concert so we'll have to do something else.
19. Ellen ………………………./eat/ no meat since she was six.
20. I ………………………./work/ for the same company for thirteen years and it's time
to move on now.
21. I ………………………./be/ to most countries in Europe but I ………………………./never/ visit! Poland.
22. George ………………………./read/ the book you lent him but he ………………………./not finish/ it yet.
23. Hurry, please! Get me a cleaning cloth from the kitchen. Dorothy  ………………………./just spill/ tomato juice on the rug!
24. The government ………………………./announce/ new laws to try
to reduce the crime rate in the country.
25. I ………………………./look/ for you since seven o'clock! Where you ………………………./be/?
26. It's a pity so many cinemas ………………………./close/ since the arrival of video.
27. We regret to inform you that we ………………………./just/ sell/ out of tickets.
28. We ………………………./sell/ tickets since April.
29. ……………………….you………………………. /hear/ the news yet, Betty?

2) Use the words in bold to complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first. Do not change the word given.
1. When did you last decorate your living room?
since
How long is it…………………………………………your living room?
2. Mark started playing the guitar four years ago,
has
Mark …………………………………………for four years.
3. I have never seen such a terrible film before.
worst
This is the …………………………………………seen.
4. We started cleaning the house at 3 o'clock. It's 6 o'clock now.
for
We …………………………………………three hours now.
5. I got this book for my last birthday in January.
had
I have…………………………………………in January.
6. They bought a car two months ago. They're using it at present.
been
They…………………………………………for two months now.
7. You can talk to Richard about France. He was there for a month and came back yesterday,
been
You can talk to Richard about France. He………………………………………… a month.
8. I first met Joshua ages ago. I know him now.
known
I …………………………………………for ages,
9. I started waiting for the train forty minutes ago. I'm still waiting for it.
been
I………………………………………… for forty minutes now.
10. When did you start learning German?
learning
How long …………………………………………German?
ANSWER KEY
PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE - PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
has been gardening;
1. have been driving I have only done; 2. has only answered I has been doing; 3. have been trying / have had; 4. have been ringing / haven't managed; 5. have met / have been studying;
6. have you been doing / have been playing; 7. have been sitting; 8. have been going; 9. has been learning; 10. have been waiting; 11. has broken down; 12. has offered; 13. have been writing; 14. Has stopped; 15. have you read; 16. haven't prepared; 17. have you been; 18. have cancelled; 19. Has eaten; 20. have been working; 21. have been I have never visited; 22. has been reading I hasn't finished; 23. has just spilled (spilt); 24. have announced; 25. have been looking I have you been; 26. have closed; 27. have just sold; 28. have been selling; 29. have you heard;

2) 1. since you have decorated; 2. has been playing the guitar; 3. worst film Thave ever;
4. have been cleaning the house for; 5. had this book since my last birthday in January;
6 have been using this car; 7. has been there for; 8. have known Joshua; 9. have been waiting for the
train; 10. have you been learning;
 
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