Grammar Explanations, Exercises and Worksheets: The Past Perfect Continuous

What’s the Past Perfect Continuous?

The past perfect continuous tense or past perfect progressive tense shows that an action that started in the past continued up until another time in the past. The structure of the past perfect continuous tense is:

 had been + the verb’s present participle (root + -ing)


  1. They had been talking on the phone for over an hour
  2. She had been working for that company

Past Perfect Progressive Explanation

Additional Information + Worksheets

  1. The Past Perfect and the Past Perfect Continuous Worksheet
  2. The Past Perfect and The Past Perfect Progressive – Grammar and Beyond
  3. Past Perfect Simple and Continuous – Macmillan Inspiration
  4. Verb tenses: past perfect & past perfect progressive