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Past Perfect Continuous Tense in English

Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used to express the action that started in the past and continued in the past for some time.

Uses of Past Perfect Continuous Tense

  • Emphasis on duration of action or task that finished in past
  • Time expressions (since, for, lately, how long)

Keywords:

  • for two hours,
  • for ________
  • All day
  • since morning,
  • since ______

Structure of Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Subject + had + been + Base form(+ing) + object + time reference

I had been travelling

Positive Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Subject + had + been + Base form(+ing) + object + time reference

Examples:

  • She had been playing tennis for two hours.
  • The child had been playing since morning.
  • He had been drafting the plan for a meeting for three hours.
  • had been watching my favorite movie.
  • They had been working in this office since last month.

Negative Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Subject + had + not + been + Base form(+ing) + object + time reference

Examples:

  • The mechanic had not been fixing my car since morning.
  • She had not been reading her favorite book.
  • He had not been planting for two hours.
  • had not been traveling.

Questions in Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Auxiliary verb ‘had’ come at the start of the sentence and question mark at the end.

Had + subject+ been + Base form(+ing) + object + time reference +?

Examples:

  • Had he been playing book since morning?
  • Had he been planting for three hours?
  • Had they been traveling for three days?
  • Had he been smoking since 2015?

See Also
Past Continuous Tense
Past Simple Tense

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