English Grammar Past And Perfect Continuous
Learn English Past And Perfect Continuous Grammar

Grammar Level 3- Lesson Seventeen

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Past & Perfect Continuous in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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The Past Perfect Continuous Tense


We have already studied the present perfect continuous tense and now here’s the past perfect continuous tense:

S + had + been + ______ing


I had been working
You had been working
He had been working
She had been working
It had been working

We had been working
You had been working
They had been working

Use the past perfect continuous tense to talk about an action that was continuous in the past and happened before another past action.

I had been working on my house all day before I sat down to play my guitar.

I have been studying the guitar for many years.


After you had been working all day, you went home to study English on the internet.

You have been studying English for only a few years.

He had been having a good day until a thief came into his apartment, took all his money, and tied him up.

You can tell she had been sitting in a hot tub for awhile because she was all wet.

This little penguin had been living in Antarctica before he was captured and brought to this zoo.

We had been communicating with each other online before we stopped to take a break.We have been using the internet as a means for communication for many years.

You had been playing soccer but then your friend came by and you stopped.

They had been working for many years, but then they retired.

Note: If the past perfect continuous tense is too hard, just use the past continuous tense.



Quiz for Past & Perfect Continuous

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