Past perfect continuous tense examples by Dynamic IELTS – IELTS Grammar 2021

Past perfect continuous tense

Past perfect continuous corresponds to the present perfect continuous but refers to a time in the past.

Past perfect continuous is also known as the past perfect progressive.

The process is more important than the result.

Structure

For Positive sentences,

Sub + had been + ing form of verb + obj

i.e., I had been watching a movie.

For Negative sentences,

Subject + had not been +ing form of verb + obj

i.e., I had not been watching a movie.

For Question sentence,

Had + subject +been + ing form of verb + obj?

Had I been watching a movie?

For the Negative question,

Had not +subject + been + ing form of verb + obj?

Had not + I +been + eating ice-cream?

Past perfect continuous tense

UsePast perfect continuous tense

  • Something that started in the past and continued up to another time in the past.He had been watching movie when his father walked in.Something that finished just before another time in the past.
  1. It had been snowing and the roads were slippery.
  2. I had not been sleeping very well -that is why I was so tired.
  3. I had been walking on the road and I saw her.
  • Even for a long action.
  1. I had been reading a book for 2 hours when you called.
  2. (It means I started to read book 2 hours ago and finished it just before your call.)
  3. I had been completing my today’s work before the meeting.

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