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Past Perfect Continuous Tense





Definition:-
An action started in the past and it continued up until another time in the past. In this case, Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used. It refers to a continuous action completed sometime in the past.

Usage:-

·         An action started in the past and it continued up until another time in the past. In this case, Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used. It refers to a continuous action completed sometime in the past.
Examples:-
We had been reading in the top university for two years.

·         Sometimes, Past Perfect Continuous Tense makes it cause for another action which seems to be the effect.
Examples:-
Subrata lost weight because he had been exercising.
Sudip failed because he had been missing classes.

·         Non-Continuous Verb:-
Non-Continuous Verbs cannot be used in Continuous Tense.
Examples:-
The bike had belonged to Paul before Steve bought it.


Difference between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous Tense:-
1.       Interrupted action is emphasised by Past Continuous Tense. Past Perfect Continuous Tense stresses on the duration of time before something in the past.
2.       English speakers prefer Past Continuous Tense if duration is not included as ‘for five minutes’, ‘for two years’, ‘since Monday’, ‘since 2nd September etc.


Verb ‘Play’ in Past Perfect Continuous in Positive, Negative and Interrogative Sentences:-
Persons
Positive
Negative
Interrogative
First Person
I had been playing for two hours.
We had been playing for two hours.
I had not been playing for two hours.
We had not been playing for two hours.
Had I been playing for two hours?
Had we been playing for two hours?
Second Person
You had been playing for two hours.
You had been playing for two hours.
You had not been playing for two hours.
You had not been playing for two hours.
Had you been playing for two hours?
Had you been playing for two hours?
Third Person
He had been playing for two hours.
She had been playing for two hours.
It had been playing for two hours.
They had been playing for two hours.
He had not been playing for two hours.
She had not been playing for two hours.
It had not been playing for two hours.
They had not been playing for two hours.


Had he been playing for two hours?
Had she been playing for two hours?
Had it been playing for two hours?
Had they been playing for two hours?


Structure Analysis of Positive / Assertive Sentence:-
Persons
Subject
Had
Been
Verb-ing
Object
Adverbials
1st Person
I
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
We
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
2nd Person
You
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
You
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
3rd Person
He
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
She
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
It
had
been
playing
football
for two years.
They
had
been
playing
football
for two years.


Negative Sentence Structure Analysis:-
Persons
Sub
Had
Not
Been
Verb-ing
Object
Adverbials
1st Person
I
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
We
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
2nd Person
You
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
You
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
3rd Person
He
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
She
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
It
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.
They
had
not
been
playing
football
for two years.


Question or Interrogative Sentence Structure Analysis:-
Persons
Had
Sub
Been
Verb-ing
Object
Adverbials
1st Person
Had
I
been
playing
football
for two years.
Had
we
been
playing
football
for two years.
2ndPerson
Had
you
been
playing
football
for two years.
Had
you
been
playing
football
for two years.
3rd Person
Had
he
been
playing
football
for two years.
Had
she
been
Playing
football
for two years.
Had
it
been
playing
football
for two years.
Had
they
been
playing
football
for two years.


Subject + Had Contraction Forms:-

Subject(Pronoun)
+
had
=
ContractionForm
I
+
had
=
I’d
We
+
had
=
We’d
You
+
had
=
You’d
He
+
had
=
He’d
She
+
had
=
She’d
It
+
had
=
It’d
They
+
had
=
They’d

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