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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The Past Perfect Continuous tense is used to express something that started in the past and continued until another time in the past.
POSITIVE STATEMENTS
SUBJECT
HAD BEEN
VERB + ing
REST OF THE SENTENCE
I
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
You
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
He
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Mohan
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The boy
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
She
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Pooja
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The girl
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
We
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
You
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
They
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The children
had been
standing
at the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Notice that we use ‘had been’ and the verb + ing the same for all subjects.
NEGATIVE STATEMENTS
SUBJECT
HAD NOT BEEN
VERB + ing
REST OF THE SENTENCE
I
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
You
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
He
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
Mohan
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
The boy
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
She
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
Pooja
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
The girl
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
We
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
You
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
They
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
The children
had not been
exercising
at the gymnasium.
Notice that we use ‘had not been’ and the verb + ing form for all subjects.
INTERROGATIVE STATEMENTS / QUESTIONS
HAD
SUBJECT
BEEN
VERB + ing
REST OF THE SENTENCE
Had
I
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
you
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
he
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
Mohan
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
the boy
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
she
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
Pooja
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
the girl
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
we
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
you
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
they
been
waiting
for a long time?
Had
the men
been
waiting
for a long time?

What is Past Perfect Continuous Tense?

PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS

USE: We use PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS to talk about thecontinuity or duration of a situation or activity which had been in progress up to the past time.
Example:
- We had been playing about half an hour when it started to rain very heavy.
- Jim had been drinking coffee for 20 years before he quitted it.
- I was very tired when I got home because I had been walking hard all day.
FORMULA
Positive Sentence:
Subject + had + been + verb-ing + object/complement
Example:
- I had been waiting for you for an hour.
- We had been playing soccer for three hours.
- They had been working hard today.
Negative Sentence:
Sub + had + not + been + verb-ing + obj/comp
Example:
- She had not been suffering from flu.
- They had not been working for two years
- I had not been expecting the news for some time.
Question:
Had + sub + been + verb-ing + obj/comp ?
Example:
- Had Jame been driving for five hours before his car broke down?
- Had you been sitting at the platform for an hour?

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