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When student Sheridan Gregorio (A1) ... at Fortaleza airport in Brazil, he (A2) ... to fly home to Holland. He had had a great vacation, but unfortunately he (A3) ... all his money. All he had was his airline ticket back to Amsterdam. But when he checked in, the airline employees at the airport said, "You have to pay airport tax before you (A4) ... the country." Even though Sheridan explained that he was completely broke, he (A5) ... to fly, so he missed his flight home. His ticket was nonrefundable, so now he needed to buy a new ticket and pay the airport tax. Since he (A6) ... no money, Sheridan's only option was to sleep in the airport and work in restaurants in exchange for food and some money. He (A7) ... for five months, before he (A8) ... enough money for the airport tax, and the Brazilian police persuaded the airline to let him use his old ticket to go home. Sheridan finally arrived home safe and sound last week.
2) was spent
3) was spending
4) had been spending
Речь идет о событии в прошлом, закончившемся до момента повествования, значит, требуется форма Past Perfect.
Ответ: had spent.