Past Perfect Continuous Tense

  Past Perfect Continuous Tense presents an action that started in the past and continued up to the some duration or point of time in the past. This tense also tells the duration and the point of time that the action had been taking place. 

Basic Structure

Subject + had + been + Verb (present participle) + Object

I               had           been        reading      a  book   since morning.

Positive Sentence

I had been playing cricket for two hours.

Negative Sentence

He had not been working since 4 pm.

Interrogative Sentence

Had you been working in that office for several years?

Negative Interrogative Sentence

Had they not been residing there since 2001?


1- 'Since' is used for specific point of time like (1990, morning, 5 am) whereas "For' is used for duration of time like (2 hours, 3 days, several)

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

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