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Past Perfect Progressive Tense
We use the Past Perfect Continuous Tense to talk about duration of an action in the past.

Forming Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Affirmative Form

Subject + had + been + verb(ing)...
I had been studying English.

Negative Form

Subject + hadn't + been + verb(ing)...
I hadn't been living in poverty.

Question Form

Had + subject + been + verb(ing)...?
Had she been sleeping?

Negative Question

Hadn't + subject + been + verb(ing)...
Hadn't they been waiting for you?

SingularPlural
I had been walkingwe had been walking
you had been walkingyou had been walking
he/she/it had been walkingthey had been walking


SingularPlural
I had been sleepingwe had been sleeping
you had been sleepingyou had been sleeping
he/she/it had been sleepingthey had been sleeping


SingularPlural
There is no past perfect progressive for the "to be" verb. "Had been being" is expressed simply as "had been": "We had been being successful before, but we somehow lost our knack."


More Examples


a. The old man had been sleeping on the corner until you came.
b. I had been practicing the violin before my dad arrived.
c. How long had you been learning English before you moved to USA?
d. The students had been waiting for the results until yesterday.
e. Henry had been watching TV before you called him.

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