Past Perfect Continuous Tense – Detailed Expression

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.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense – Detailed Expression


Past Perfect Continuous Tense - Detailed Expression


POSITIVE (+)NEGATIVE (-)QUESTION (?)
I had been startingI had not been startingHad I been starting
You had been startingYou had not been startingHad you been starting
He had been startingHe had not been startingHad she been starting
She had been startingShe had not  been startingHad he been starting
It had been startingIt had not been startingHad it been starting
We had been startingWe had not been startingHad we been starting
You had been startingYou had not been startingHad you been starting
They had been startingThey had not been startingHad they been starting




Past Perfect Continuous Tense - Detailed Expression


Positive Sentences

  • I went there after I had completed the task.
  • She had come late to the school.
  • My father and mother had been married for two years when I was born.
  • Until he went to England, he had never spoken English.
  • If you had studied hard last year, he would have passed all his exams.

Negative Sentences

  • had not completed the task.
  • She had not come late to the school.
  • They  had not  been married when I was born.
  • Until he went to England, he had not  spoken English.
  • You had not  studied hard.

Question Sentences

  • Had you completed the task?
  • Had she come late to the school?
  • Had they been married when I was born?
  • Had he spoken English until he went to England?
  • Had she done her homework?