Example sentences of "had been [verb] for some time " in BNC.

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1 It had been recognised for some time that only through rationalisation into larger productive and distributive units could the movement overcome the damaging rivalries among societies in the same neighbourhood , and through economies of scale promote further growth .
2 Both countries had been speaking for some time of their desire to improve relations , without making much progress .
3 The consultative document published in 1987 followed the principle that had been acknowledged for some time , drawing a distinction between essential items which were to remain free , and desirable but not essential items for which charges could be made , a distinction not in practice very easy to make .
4 This was reportedly a concession which US oil companies had been seeking for some time .
5 The phone had been ringing for some time .
6 By the time I was twelve years old I had been thinking for some time about getting a bird of my own .
7 In fact , he was so happy with the idea that had come to him from the writer , Peter Shaffer , he began the serious rethink of his career which friends like Lance Percival had been thinking for some time was overdue .
8 Concern had been voiced for some time by the Office of Fair Trading ( OFT ) as to the restrictive practices maintained by the Stock Exchange :
9 Relations between the Meskhetians and the Uzbek majority had been strained for some time , largely as a result of the poor housing and other conditions in which the Meskhetians had been forced to remain ( many still lived in shanty towns , and levels of unemployment were higher than elsewhere in the republic ) .
10 When they had been seated for some time Titch said : ‘ I suppose you 've heard the news ? ’
11 The Battersea Congress of the Party , to which this complaint was later addressed , gave official backing to a scheme which had been projected for some time , a Revolutionary Trade Union Opposition to unite the various unofficial movements which had been growing up in many important unions .
12 I decided to go back to the village , to thank him for all his help , and to carry out a plan I had been considering for some time .
13 There is little doubt also that within the DES the binary solution had been canvassed for some time , and throughout the life of the Robbins Committee interest in it was being shown in the Association of Teachers in Technical Institutes and elsewhere .
14 He had been observed for some time in the recovery unit as his central venous pressure and blood pressure were low .
15 Abingdon 's trade had been waning for some time , with its fulling mills lying in ruins and unemployment rife by 1538 .
16 By now he had had confirmation of the news he had been expecting for some time .
17 ‘ Our information is that Mr Evans left the Club in order to go and see what was delaying the arrival of his wife whom he had been expecting for some time . ’
18 ‘ The house had been neglected for some time , ’ explains Pauline .
19 This problem in combining general relativity and the uncertainty principle had been suspected for some time , but was finally confirmed by detailed calculations in 1972 .
20 The need for regulatory change had been mooted for some time .
21 Professor Seymour-Strachey had been retired for some time now , and had left Grimsby .
22 That system had been intended for some time .
23 The document inevitably evoked much discussion within the Principality , and the WJEC , for example , responded by advocating a solution which it had been cherishing for some time , namely the creation of a small advisory body made up of representatives of three bodies : the Welsh Office ; the Welsh Counties Committee , consisting of local authority representatives ; and the WJEC .
24 It had been known for some time that relations between Stephenson and Villa were strained because of the player 's insistence on living in his home-town of Newcastle , and several clubs , keen to secure him , were watching the situation closely .
25 The squinch had been known for some time and was used in Persia , Turkestan , Armenia and Asia Minor .
26 The Schuman Plan was based on ideas which had been circulating for some time but was devised in detail by Jean Monnet , who was in charge of France 's economic modernisation programme .
27 He looked as if he had been waiting for some time .
28 ‘ I do n't know what he meant , ’ Allen said after they had been walking for some time on the soft turf at the verge of the track .
29 His next move was to Madrid , an upheaval that he and his girlfriend had been planning for some time , and there his photographic education continued apace , despite one or two minor problems .
30 Carlson had been wondering for some time what was actually going on .
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