Past Perfect Continuous Tense in English


Past Perfect Continuous Tense in English




Past Perfect Continuous Tense indicates a past action which started in the past and continued to happen after another action and time in the past. Namely, Past Perfect Continuous Tense tell us “how long the action had continued”. ” the duration of the action”  is emphasized more in this tense.

POSITIVE FORM (+) :

Subject + HAD BEEN + Ving

NEGATIVE FORM (-) : 

Subject + HAD + NOT + BEEN ( HADN’T BEEN ) + Ving

QUESTION FORM (?) : 

HAD+ Subject + BEEN + Ving

NEGATIVE QUESTION FORM (?) :

HAD + NOT + Subject + BEEN + Ving

SHORT ANSWER FORMS ( + / – ) :

YES / NO + Subject + had / had not ( hadn’t )




POSITIVE(+) NEGATIVE(-) POSITIVE QUESTION (?) NEGATIVE QUESTION (?)
He had been studying He had not (hadn’t) been studying Had he been studying Hadn’t he been studying
She had been studying She had not (hadn’t) been studying Had she been studying Hadn’t she been studying
It had been studying It had not (hadn’t) been studying Had it been studying Hadn’t it been studying
I had been studying I had not (hadn’t) been studying Had I been studying Hadn’t I been studying
You had been studying You had not (hadn’t) been studying Had you been studying Hadn’t you been studying
We had been studying We had not (hadn’t) been studying Had we been studying Hadn’t we been studying
They had been studying They had not (hadn’t) been studying Had they been studying Hadn’t they been studying

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