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Past Perfect Continuous Tense

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Subject + had been + Verb-ING

She had been cooking in the kitchen for hours when I got home.

Negative

Subject + had not been + Verb-ING

She had not been cooking in the kitchen for hours when I got home.

Question

Had + Subject + been Verb-ING?

Had she been cooking in the kitchen for hours when you got home?

Usages


The past perfect continuous is partly like the present perfect continuous, but it refers to a continuous action that was finished at some point in the past.

More examples:

  • I recognized that I had been doing nonsense things to change her.
  • Jim and Laura had not been working at the same place for years before they saw each other last month.
  • He had been waiting for me for hours before I came.
  • Had you been studying Spanish for 7 years before you moved to Spain?

 

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