Past Perfect Continuous Tense
I had been singing
How do we make the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?The structure of the past perfect continuous tense is:
|subject||+||auxiliary verb HAVE||+||auxiliary verb BE||+||main verb|
|conjugated in simple past tense||past participle||present participle|
|had||been||base + ing|
|subject||auxiliary verb||auxiliary verb||main verb|
|I had been||I'd been|
|you had been||you'd been|
she had been
it had been
|we had been||we'd been|
|they had been||they'd been|
How do we use the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?The past perfect continuous tense is like the past perfect tense, but it expresses longer actions in the past before another action in the past. For example:
- Ram started waiting at 9am. I arrived at 11am. When I arrived, Ram had been waiting for two hours.
|Ram had been waiting for two hours when I arrived.|
|Ram starts waiting in past at 9am.|
|I arrive in past at 11am.|
- John was very tired. He had been running.
- I could smell cigarettes. Somebody had been smoking.
- Suddenly, my car broke down. I was not surprised. It had not been running well for a long time.
- Had the pilot been drinking before the crash?
|past perfect continuous tense||present perfect continuous tense|
- "I am angry. I have been waiting for two hours."
- "Ram was angry. He had been waiting for two hours."