The Past Perfect Progressive Tense

The Past Perfect Progressive Tense

The Past Perfect Progressive Tense

 

Also known as the “Past Perfect Continuous Tense.”

 

When do we use the tense?

(1) Something that started in the past and continued up to now. Tells “how long.”
“She had been studying at that University until she graduated.”
( This tells how long something had continued before another event happened in the past. )
(2) The cause of something in the past.
“The road is completely covered in snow, it had been snowing.”

 

Affirmative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Have/Has been + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

It had been raining.
He had been studying.

 

Negative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Have/Has + Not been + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

It had not been raining.
They had not been writing.

 

Interrogative/Question ( Affirmative )

 

Pattern:

Has/Have + Subject + Been + Verb-ing + rest of the sentence.

 

Example:

Had I been sleeping?
Had they been playing?
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