3. Can you play chess? How long have you been playing it?
4. Is your son learning to skate (to ski, to play the piano, to play chess, etc.)? How long has he been learning?
,5. When did your son (daughter) graduate from his (her) Institute? Where has he (she) been working since then?
6. When did you buy your suit? How long have you been wearing it?
7. Is Comrade N. away on business now? How long has he been away?
8. Is Comrade N. a friend of yours? How long have you
known him? _
9. How long had the Forresters been living together before Albert decided to leave his wife?
IV. Make up questions to which these sentences are answers.
I. We’ve been discussing this matter for two hours al ready. 2. My friend had been serving in the army for ten years before he went to work at the factory. 3. The film’s been running for a month. 4. We had been showing the new engineer round the factory for three hours before he said: “That’ll do for now.”
V. Make up sentences, using the same structure as in the models.
1. How long have you been wearing this suit?
2. They had been discussing the plan for half an hour when I joined them.
I. Ask and answer questions as In the model; pay particular attention to the tense-forms. Use these verbs, to read, to write, to discuss, to prepare, to look through
Model: 1. “What are you doing now?"
“I am translating an article."
2. When did you begin translating it?
3. How long have you been translating it?
4. How much have you translated?
5. Were you translating it when your friend rang you up?
6. How long had you been translating it before your friend rang you up?
7. Did you say you had translated the whole article?
8. Will you still be translating it an hour from now?
9. Do you often translate articles of this kind?