Past Perfect Continuous Tense Examples, Formula and Exercises

Definition: Past Perfect Continuous, that indicates the 2 continuing action that was completed at some point in the past.

5 Types of Past Perfect Continuous Tense:

  1. Affirmative
  2. Negative
  3. Interrogative
  4. Negative Interrogative
  5. ‘Wh-word’ with Interrogative

Past Perfect Continuous Affirmative

Formula: Subject + had been + V1(ing) + object

Examples:

  1. Rakesh had been going to college since last Monday.
  2. Radhika had been eating mango for 1 hour.
  3. They had been writing an application for 2 hours.
  4. They had been playing cricket for 1 hour.
  5. She had been drinking coffee for 30 minutes.

Past Perfect Continuous Negative

Formula: Subject + had + not + been + V1(ing) + object

Examples:

  1. Rakesh had not been going to college since last Monday.
  2. Radhika had not been eating mango for 1 hour.
  3. They had not been writing an application for 2 hours.
  4. They had not been playing cricket for 1 hour.
  5. She had not been drinking coffee for 30 minutes.

Past Perfect Continuous Interrogative

Formula: Had + subject + been + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Had Rakesh been going to college since last Monday?
  2. Had Radhika been eating mango for 1 hour?
  3. Had they been writing an application for 2 hours?
  4. Had they been playing cricket for 1 hour?
  5. Had she been drinking coffee for 30 minutes?

Past Perfect Continuous Negative Interrogative

Formula: Had + subject + not + been + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Had Rakesh not been going to college since last Monday?
  2. Had Radhika not been eating mango for 1 hour?
  3. Had they not been writing an application for 2 hours?
  4. Had they not been playing cricket for 1 hour?
  5. Had she not been drinking coffee for 30 minutes?

Past Perfect Continuous ‘Wh-word’ with Interrogative

Formula: Wh-word + had + subject + been + V1(ing) + object?

Examples:

  1. Where had Rakesh been going since last Monday?
  2. When had Radhika been eating mango?
  3. What had they been writing for 2 hours?
  4. What had they been playing for 1 hour?
  5. What had she been drinking for 30 minutes?

Uses of Past Perfect Continuous Tense:

The work had been started in the past and continued in the present.

Examples: 

  • I had been living in Mumbai since 1990.
  • We had been dancing for 1 hours.

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