3. Present Perfect - Past Continuous - will be able to

3. Present Perfect - Past Continuous - will be able to

Bill wants a tree house.

Main practice:  Present Perfect  -  Past Continuous  -  will be able to
Revision:             Everyday expressions + apparently

to bump into someone - to meet someone by coincidence, i.e.
  • I bumped into John in the supermarket. 

for ages
 -  a long time. Relative to context, i.e.
  • I haven't had a holiday for ages.               =  three or more years, possibly. 
  • I haven't bought a newspaper for ages.  =  three or more weeks, possibly.

kidding -  joking, not being serious, i.e.
- I failed all my exams, mum.
- You what?!
- Just kidding, passed them, grade As all the way. 

out of the question -  (Idiom) definitely not, i.e. 
- We need to employ more sales personell.
- That's out of the question: the company can't afford any more staff.

no way  -  definitely not, i.e. 
- Can I have a party next weekend?
- No way, the last time you had a party the house got wrecked.

apparently -  seems to be so, but might not be, i.e. 
  • Apparently, it's going to rain tomorrow; if the weather forecast is correct.

- Jamie's moving to Canada, apparently.
- Who told you that?
- Peter.
- Forget it, he always gets things wrong. 

loads of -  (colloquial) a lot of, i.e.
  • She's got loads of friends.
  • We don't have to hurry, we've got loads of time to catch the train. 


Bill has met an old friend, Dave, who now builds tree houses. It's given him an idea but Samantha doesn't quite agree.

Put the verbs in the correct tense.
 Use the Past Continuous, Present Perfect, and Present Perfect Continuous. 

The Present Perfect Continuous is used here to focus on the action and emphasise time.

Bill:  I bumped into David Wilson today.

Sam: Your old school friend? We (see) him for ages. Where did
           you see him?

Bill:  I (look) at a new camera in PC World and he was there buying
          a computer for his daughter.

Sam: He (work) for a bank the last time you saw him, wasn't he?

Bill:  He was, but you'll never guess what he does now.

Sam: Surprise me.

Bill:  He builds tree houses. (do) it for three years. He loves
           working outside.

Sam: You're kidding, who wants a tree house?

Bill:  Lot's of people, apparently. (get) loads of customers. Sam, you
           know that big old oak tree in the garden…

Sam: Out of the question, Bill. We do not need a tree house.

Bill:  Wait, think of the great parties we'll be able to have in a tree house.

Sam: No way, it's a crazy idea.


Lynne has to phone her friend, Jan, to apologise for not being able to take her to the airport now.

Complete the sentences with Past Continuous or Present Perfect.

Lynne:  Hi, I'm afraid I won't be able to take you to the airport tomorrow.

Jan:        Oh, why not?

Lynne:  Well, while I (drive) to the supermarket this morning
                I had acrash. The car will need extensive repairs.

Jan:        Oh no, are you all right?

Lynne:   Yes, thanks. Both me and the other driver are fine. The crash was
                 his fault. He  (look) when he pulled out from a
                 side road. How will you get to the airport?

Jan:         Oh, don't worry. (take) the bus before. It's a long journey
                 but I'll be able to get there in time for my flight.