Grammar Lessons: The Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous 

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

Positive Statements

  • I had been walking 
  • You had been sleeping
  • He had been running
  • She had been working for that company
  • We had been eating
  • They had been talking 

Negative Statements

  • I hadn’t been walking
  • You hadn’t been sleeping
  • He hadn’t been running
  • She hadn’t been working for that company
  • We hadn’t been eating
  • They hadn’t been talking on the phone


  • Had I been walking?
  • Had you been sleeping?
  • Had you been running?
  • Had she been working for that company?
  • Had she been eating?
  • Had they been talking on the phone?


  • What had you been doing when you cut your finger?
  • Which fax had you been trying to send when the power went off?
  • How long had he been waiting?

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