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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.

Completed Action

Past Activity or Action which we did for a particular time.

Formula: Subject + Helping Verb(Had been) + Verb ing + Object + 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.

Informative

Here are some basic Past perfect progressive / continuous tense rules of using Since and For.

Since (Starting Point)For (Time Duration)
Since MorningFor Five Hours
Since 1990For Ten Years
Since ChildhoodFor Two Days
Since AugustFor Three Hours

Formula: Subject + Helping Verb + Verb-ing(form) + Object + time-reference

More Examples

Here are some more past perfect progressive / continuous tense examples.

Sentences:

Using For

  • 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.

Using Since

  • 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?