Continuous Aspect Sentences

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 15th Sep 2012

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012 

Continuous aspect sentence completion games 
Play one of the two games below, following your teacher’s instructions. 
Game A: Continuous aspect sentence completion bluff 
Fill most of the gaps below with a mix of true and false information. Read out sentences 
and see if your partner can guess which ones aren

’t true, perhaps after asking follow up 

questions (to which you can continue to lie if you have read out an untrue sentence).   
Game B: Continuous aspect sentence completion game 
Fill most of the gaps below with true information about yourself. Read out just the part that 
you have written in one of the sentences and see if your partner can guess which 
sentence it comes from, using the grammar and what they imagine about your life to make 
their guesses.   
I have __________________________________________________ twice. 
 
I have been ____________________________________________ a lot recently. 
 
I have ________________________________________________ recently. 
 
I have been _____________________________________ for more than five years. 
 
I haven’t been ________________________________________ for very long. 
 
I haven’t __________________________________________ many times. 
 
I haven’t ______________________________________________ yet. 
 
I had been _________________________ for a while when I got my present job. 
 
I was __________________________________________ when I got my present job. 
 
I was _________________ when I met my boyfriend/ girlfriend/ best friend/ husband/ wife. 
 
I had already ___________ when I met my boyfriend/ girlfriend/ best friend/ husband/ wife. 
 
I had never ____________________________________________ before I went abroad. 
 
I was _______________________________________

_____ at 8 o’clock this morning. 

 
I will _________________________________________ straight after this class. 
 
I will be _________________________________

__________ at 11 o’clock tonight. 

 
I will be ___________________________________

___________ in five years’ time. 

 
I will probably have __________________________________ by the time I am 70. 
 
Which tenses are needed to complete each sentence above and why? What is the general 
meaning of the continuous aspect? 

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