Example sentences of "had been [v-ing] for some time " in BNC.

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1 Both countries had been speaking for some time of their desire to improve relations , without making much progress .
2 This was reportedly a concession which US oil companies had been seeking for some time .
3 The phone had been ringing for some time .
4 By the time I was twelve years old I had been thinking for some time about getting a bird of my own .
5 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 .
6 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 .
7 Abingdon 's trade had been waning for some time , with its fulling mills lying in ruins and unemployment rife by 1538 .
8 By now he had had confirmation of the news he had been expecting for some time .
9 ‘ 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 . ’
10 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 .
11 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 .
12 He looked as if he had been waiting for some time .
13 ‘ 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 .
14 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 .
15 Carlson had been wondering for some time what was actually going on .
16 In his paper , Beveridge repeated what he had been saying for some time , namely , that there was no general breakdown of the labour-market , instead there was an overstocking of individual trades which was due to ‘ inadequate labour information and local hindrances to labour mobility ’ .
17 This was 2,000,000 above the previous figures but within the wide range the organization had been estimating for some time .
18 Guests had been arriving for some time , for they had heard cars coming and going , but she had n't met any yet .
19 On the contrary , the country had been smouldering for some time .
20 It was in these unpromising circumstances that the great cholera controversy , which had been smouldering for some time , at last burst into flame .
21 Our fellow-traveller had been mumbling for some time that he would ‘ hae tae get oot ! ’ .
22 He tried fitfully to proceed with a short prose book on the nature of culture which he had been contemplating for some time , but by the end of 1942 had produced only a first draft of two chapters : this must be the source of the four essays which appeared in the New English Weekly during January and February 1943 under the title , " Notes toward a Definition of Culture " .
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