PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE / CONTINUOUS TENSE
Past perfect progressive or continues tense is used to express a running action or activity which is started in the past and continued for a particular time in the past. There must be a time reference at the end of a sentence such as since 2006 or for three hours, in present perfect progressive tense and see Present perfect progressive tense.
Past Activity or Action which We did for a particular time.
- I had been taking a class for four hours.
- Alina had been learning English since 2009.
- They had been playing cricket for four hours.
Here are some basic Past perfect progressive / continuous tense rules of using Since and For.
|Since (Starting Point)||For (Time Duration)|
|Since Morning||For Five Hours|
|Since 1990||For Ten Years|
|Since Childhood||For Two Days|
|Since August||For Three Hours|
Here are some more past perfect progressive / continuous tense examples.
- Ali had been waiting for him for two hours.
- They had been playing games for three hours.
- We had been watching movies for four hours.
- She had been cooking food for one hour.
- we had been trying to start a car for one hour.
- You had been teasing to your sister for two hours.
- Ali had been trying to pass his matriculation since 2012.
- She had been cooking pizza since 5 O'clock.
- They had been playing Cricket since 7 O’clock.
- I had been playing Football since morning.
- I hadn't been playing Football since morning.
- She had not been cooking food for one hour.
- Had I been playing Football since morning?
- Had she been cooking food for one hour?
- Had I not been playing Football since morning?
- Had she not been cooking food for one hour?