Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Definition: it talks or indicates a continuous action that was completed at some point in the past.
Note: This tense is formed with the helping verb (had + been + present participle of the verb with Ing):
e.x. I had been playing in the ground all day.
Sub + had + been + 1st (v) + ING + obj .
- It had been raining last night.
- She had been waiting for three hours.
- They had been swimming for two hours.
- He has been writing.
- Kamran had been getting education.
2. Negative formula:
Sub + had + not + been + 1st (v) + ING + obj .
- She had not been waiting for three hours.
- They had not been swimming for two hours.
- He has not been writing.
- Kamran had not been getting education.
- it had not been raining last night.
3. Interrogative formula:
had + sub + been + 1st (v) + ING + obj+ ?
- Had she been waiting for three hours?
- Had they been swimming for two hours?
- Had he been writing?
- Had Kamran been getting education?
- had it been raining last night?
Note: with this tense we can use “since” and “for” in addition we can use time clause as well.
Since : It is used for staring of an action’s time.
- I have been teaching English since 1990
For: It is used for the duration of time.
- I have been teaching English for 28 years.
They had been playing since four o’clock.
We had been cleaning the room for 2 hours.
She had been doing the dishes when I reached there.
Exercise: make some sentences for past perfect continuous tense using “since” and “for”.
I had been .
He had .