Past Perfect Continuous Tense



Past Perfect Continuous Tense :



Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used to express a continuous action which was completed in the past. This tense is formed with the auxiliary verb HAD and BEEN and the present participle form of the verb (ING form of the verb). The prepositions SINCE and FOR are used in this sentence as time-references to show the starting point of the action. This tense is also called Past Perfect Progressive Tense.

1. I had been living in Chennai for 10 years.

2. I had been living in Chennai since 2009.

3. We had been preparing for this exam for 5 years.

4. We had been preparing for this exam since 2015.

Structure of the Positive Sentences with Past Perfect Continuous Tense :

Subject + had been + Present participle (ING form of the verb) + Object (both singular and plural nouns)

1. He had been playing cricket for 4 years.

2. They had been observing your attitude since 2010.

3. I had been working in this company since 2011.

4. She had been packing her things since yesterday.

5. You had been sleeping since yesterday evening.

6. We had been sitting her for you for 3 hours.

7. We had been typing your documents for five days.

8. He had been loving your sister for 2 years.

9. It had been running along the bank of the Gangs since morning.

10. They had been teaching in this school since 1998.

11. He had been listening to your songs since 2 am today morning.

12. I had been writing in this newspaper for six long years.

The Structure of the Negative Sentences with this tense is….

Subject + had + not + been + Present participle (ING form of the verb) + Object (both singular and plural nouns)

1. He had not been playing cricket for 4 years.

2. They had not been observing your attitude since 2010.

3. I had not been working in this company since 2011.

4. She had not been packing her things since yesterday.

5. You had not been sleeping since yesterday evening.

6. We had not been sitting her for you for 3 hours.

7. We had not been typing your documents for five days.

8. He had not been loving your sister for 2 years.

9. It had not been running along the bank of the Gangs since morning.

10. They had not been teaching in this school since 1998.

11. He had not been listening to your songs since 2 am today morning.

12. I had not been writing in this newspaper for six long years.

The Structure of the Interrogative Sentences with this tense is….

Had + Subject + been + Present participle (ING form of the verb) + Object (both singular and plural nouns)?

1. Had he been playing cricket for the last 4 years?

2. Had they been observing your attitude since 2010?

3. Had I been working in this company since 2011?

4. Had she been packing her things since yesterday?

5. Had you been sleeping since yesterday evening?

6. Had we been sitting her for you for the last 3 hours?

7. Had we been typing your documents for the last five days?

8. Had he been loving your sister for the last 2 years?

9. Had it been running along the bank of the Gangs since morning?

10. Had they been teaching in this school since 1998?

11. Had he been listening to your songs since 2 am today morning?

12. Had I been writing in this newspaper for the last six long years?

The Structure of the Negative Interrogative Sentences with this tense is….

Had + Subject + not + been + Present participle (ING form of the verb) + Object (both singular and plural nouns)?

1. Had he not been playing cricket for the last 4 years?

2. Had they not been observing your attitude since 2010?

3. Had I not been working in this company since 2011?

4. Had she not been packing her things since yesterday?

5. Had you not been sleeping since yesterday evening?

6. Had we not been sitting her for you for the last 3 hours?

7. Had we not been typing your documents for the last five days?

8. Had he not been loving your sister for the last 2 years?

9. Had it not been running along the bank of the Gangs since morning?

10. Had they not been teaching in this school since 1998?

11. Had he not been listening to your songs since 2 am today morning?

12. Had I not been writing in this newspaper for the last six long years?

The other tenses in English are….

  1. Simple Present Tense
  2. Simple Past Tense
  3. Simple Future Tense
  4. Present Continuous Tense (Present Progressive Tense)
  5. Past Continuous Tense (Past Progressive Tense)
  6. Future Continuous Tense (Future Progressive Tense)
  7. Present Perfect Tense
  8. Past Perfect Tense
  9. Future Perfect Tense
  10. Present Perfect Continuous Tense (Present Perfect Progressive)
  11. Past Perfect Continuous Tense (Past Perfect Progressive)
  12. Future Perfect Continuous Tense (Future Perfect Progressive)


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  1. Tenses in English Grammar
  2. Main Tenses
  3. Different Forms of Tenses
  4. Twelve Tenses in English
  5. Forms of The Tenses and Indicative Mood
  6. Tenses and Active Voice
  7. Tenses and Passive Voice
  8. Sequence of Tenses
  9. Tenses
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  11. Continuous Forms of English Tenses
  12. The Three Perfect Tenses
  13. The Progressive Perfect Tenses


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