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Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense




  • Affirmative (+):           S + had been + V-ing + O.
  • Negative (-):                  S+ hadn’t been + V-ing+ O.
  • Interrogative (?):       Had + S + been V-ing + O ?




  • 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.




Affirmative (+) 


  • I had been running.
  • You had been running.
  • He had been running.
  • She had been running.
  • It had been running.
  • They had been running.
  • We had been running.

Grammar and Vocabulary Practice. Upper-Intermediate - B2

Grammar and Vocabulary Practice systematically teaches grammar and vocabulary and helps students develop all skills necessary to succeed in the revised FCE Examination, the Michigan ECCE and other exams.


The Student's book includes


1) A variety of grammar and vocabulary exercises.
2) Revision units and practice tests.
3) A glossary.
4) Appendices with prepositions, prepositional phrases and derivatives.


Negative (-)


  • I hadn’t been running.
  • You hadn’t been running.
  • He hadn’t been running.
  • She hadn’t been running.
  • It hadn’t been running.
  • They hadn’t been running.
  • We hadn’t been running.


Interrogative (?)


Past Perfect Continuous Tense: Usage and Useful Examples