Past Perfect Continuous Tense with examples

Past Perfect Continuous Tense with examples

 

 I had been singing

 

How we make the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?

 

This is the structure of the past perfect continuous tense:

 

subject + Helping verb HAVE + Helping verb BE + main verb
had been base form+ ing

 

For negative sentences in this  tense, we put or add not after the first auxiliary/helping verb verb. For question sentences, we just need to exchange the subject and first auxiliary verb. Check these examples with the past perfect continuous tense:

 

Sentence subject Helping verb Helping verb main verb
+ I had been running.
+ You had been playing football.
It had not been running well.
We had not been eating mango.
? Had you been playing?
? Had you been waiting long?

 

We often contract or short the subject and first helping verb:

 

I had been I’d been
you had been you’d been
he had

she had been

he’d been she’d been

 

it had been it’d been
we had been we’d been
they had been they’d been

 

How we use the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?

 

This tense is like the past perfect tense, but it expresses long actions in the

past For example:

 

  • Fahad started waiting at I arrived at 10am. When I arrived, Fahad had been waiting for three hours.

 

Fahad had been waiting for three hours when I arrived.
past present future
Fahad starts waiting in past at 7am.
7                                 10
I arrive in past at 10am.

 

These are some more examples:

 

  • Saba was very tired. She had been running.
  • I could smell cigarettes. Someone had been smoking.
  • Suddenly, my cycle broke down. I was not surprised.
  • It had not been working well for a long
  • Had the driver been drinking before the accident?

 

You can sometimes think of this tense is same like the present perfect continuous tense, but instead of the time being now the time is past.

 

Here are the past perfect continuous tense and the other side have present perfect continuous tense:

 

had |

been | doing |

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have |

been | doing |

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past now future past now                      future

 

For example, imagine that you meet Fahad at 1oam. Fahad says to you:

 

  • “I am I have been waiting for three hours.” Later, you tell your friends:
  • “Fahad was He had been waiting for three hours.”
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