This page helps you to learn about the past perfect continuous tense and how it is used in our daily life.
Past perfect continuous tense refers to an action that has occurred in the past and continued to happen after another action or time in the past.
How to form sentences in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?
Formation of sentences in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
Past perfect continuous tense is used in some circumstances in our life.
Past perfect continuous tense is used to:
- Express the action which has started in the past and continued up to another action or time in the past.
Example: I had been playing with my friends for 3 hours when my mother came home.
- Express the reason of the second event occurred in the past.
Example: I lost my keys. I had been waiting outside all day.
- Express in reported speech.
Example: Mark said, “It had been barking“.
Let’s see the full form and contractions used in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
The full form and contracted form of the Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Now let’s see how to form sentences and interrogative sentences in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
Formation of sentences and questions in Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Now, we learn to make positive ‘wh’ questions in the past perfect continuous tense. It’s easy to compose ‘Wh’ questions. We just need to add the ‘Wh’ question word in front of the helping verb.
Positive ‘Wh’ Questions in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Negative ‘Wh’ Questions in the Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Here are some examples and a conversation for you to have a clear idea about Past Perfect Continuous Tense.
- I had been cleaning the room for 2 hours.
- The roof of the house was covered with full of snow. It had been snowing all morning.
- I had been repairing my grandfather’s watch the whole day.
- He hadn’t been writing the examination.
- How long had you been in Paris?
- Raiza hadn’t been studying English all day.
- Had she been waiting all day?
- Hadn’t she working all day?
- Had your mother been cooking any meal when you went home?
- I had been looking for my watch for hours when my sister found it.
Mia: Hai Henry! What had you been doing?
Henry: Hello Mia! I had been following a course for 2 months.
Mia: What course had you been following?
Henry: I had been following an English course since I finished my Advanced Level.
Mia: Where had you been following that course?
Henry: I had been following the course at the International Academy of professional studies.
Mia: How many years they had been teaching an English course?
Henry: They had been teaching for 5 years.
Mia: What are the methods they had been using to teach students?
Henry: They had been using innovative and interactive methods to teach students since they started their institute. They had been creating 1000s of professionals for 5 years.
Mia: Oh. It sounds good Henry.