Example sentences of "had been for [noun pl] " in BNC.

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1 Police reports suggested that the countryside was more quiescent than it had been for generations .
2 But that had been for women with no man to protect them , so they had to do whatever they could and were respected for it .
3 Such survivals in attitude and custom , however , can not obscure the fact that the fundamental direction of European society had been for decades moving increasingly into the hands of a bourgeoisie whose assumptions were at bottom not those of aristocratic society , even if it aped aristocratic style .
4 In this process of adaptation , what was really wanted was European power : the demands of the Hundred Days had been for arms , railways and schools .
5 It made little difference that these needles had been for injections and not for some sinister Chinese purpose .
6 For many lifetimes railway practice had been for locomotives and rolling stock to be downgraded or ‘ cascaded ’ from front line to secondary services .
7 To be sure , one could sympathize with the sentiments of some of those penitents who refused themselves pleasures because the Emperor , saviour of mankind , could experience no pleasure whatever , locked as he had been for millennia in his prosthetic throne …
8 They used computers instead of quill pens , but the outcome of their labours was still the same as it had been for centuries — trade , the buying and selling of things that other people made .
9 At least until 1917 , and to some extent even until 1945 , Europe was the decisive arena of world power , as it had been for centuries .
10 In 1817 England was still , as it had been for centuries , an agricultural nation , only 20 per cent of the population living in towns .
11 In the eighteenth century the possession of land was still , as it had been for centuries , the only firm basis of influence and power .
12 1992/93 maintenance had been for file-servers , high-performance PCs , and critical laser printers only .
13 He was drinking like a fish , and had been for weeks .
14 Such an attitude required fresh springs of energy , and the effect — I was delighted to sense it as I woke each day — was to make me more bouncy and mettlesome than I had been for weeks .
15 For Constantine , in short , the Messiah was precisely what the Messiah had been for Jews in Palestine at the dawn of the Christian era — a ruler , a sovereign , a warrior leader like David and Solomon , who reigned wisely over a temporal realm , established unity in his domains , consolidated a nation and people with divine sanction to support him .
16 Twenty-five years to the day since England beat West Germany 4–2 in extra time at Wembley to win the World Cup for the first time and , so far , only time in a glorious ( etc , etc — the back pages that morning were awash , as they had been for days , with nostalgia and breast-beating and rush-of-blood reminiscence ) footballing history ; the apotheosis of the game , which , according to one writer at the time , ‘ lives like an extra pulse in the people of industrial England . ’
17 Hours passed and the wind worsened to the strongest it had been for days .
18 Accordingly , he attempted to shift Marxism away from orthodox theories of an absolute determinism towards the primacy of a concept of ‘ History ’ which , while still a totality as it had been for Lukács , a process with a determinate meaning and end , could also include a concept of human agency and thus articulate the individual with the social , freedom with determinism .
19 A recent divorce petition cited the fact that just about every wall , fitment and piece of furniture in the home was in a half-dismantled or half-done state and had been for years .
20 The effort of giving Sam as much exercise as he wanted made Albert more fit than he had been for years .
21 Her father 's order book was better filled than it had been for years , her mother 's health seemed good , Eileen was happy in her work as a pools clerk , and Tony and Helen were happily planning their wedding .
22 It would discourage profit and perhaps take us back to that nadir of Labour party policy when Shirley Williams was able to say with some pride that profit levels were the lowest they had been for years .
23 This year , the abundance of berries was the best it had been for years .
24 It was a place where boys and vagrants went , had been for years .
25 Indeed , it was better than it had been for months .
26 Still , she kept the place tidier than it had been for months and she did n't mistreat Springsteen , or if she did he did n't complain about it .
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