Unit 23: Past perfect continuous tense.

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    Post by nuhru_1098 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:29 pm

    Past Perfect Continuous Tense
    I had been singing

    How do we make the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?
    The structure of the past perfect continuous tense is:

    subject + auxiliary verb HAVE + auxiliary verb BE + main verb
    conjugated in simple past tense + past participle + present participle
    had been base + ing

    For negative sentences in the past perfect continuous tense, we insert not after the first auxiliary verb. For question sentences, we exchange the subject and first auxiliary verb. Look at these example sentences with the past perfect continuous tense:

    subject + auxiliary verb + auxiliary verb +main verb
    + I had been working.
    + You had been playing tennis.
    - It had not been working well.
    - We had not been expecting her.
    ? Had you been drinking?
    ? Had they been waiting long?

    When speaking with the past perfect continuous tense, we often contract the subject and first auxiliary verb:

    I had been / I'd been
    you had been / you'd been
    he had been / heīd been
    she had been / sheīd been
    it had been / itīd been
    we had been / we'd been
    they had been / they'd been

    How do we use the Past Perfect Continuous Tense?
    The past perfect continuous tense is like the past perfect tense, but it expresses longer actions in the past before another action in the past. For example:

    Ram started waiting at 9am. I arrived at 11am. When I arrived, Ram had been waiting for two hours.
    Ram had been waiting for two hours when I arrived.
    I arrive in past at 11am.

    Here are some more examples:

    John was very tired. He had been running.
    I could smell cigarettes. Somebody had been smoking.
    Suddenly, my car broke down. I was not surprised. It had not been running well for a long time.
    Had the pilot been drinking before the crash?
    You can sometimes think of the past perfect continuous tense like the present perfect continuous tense, but instead of the time being now the time is past.


    For example, imagine that you meet Ram at 11am. Ram says to you:

    "I am angry. I have been waiting for two hours."
    Later, you tell your friends:

    "Ram was angry. He had been waiting for two hours."

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    Post by markitus_11 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:37 pm

    Good work nuhru_1098


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    Post by nuhru_1098 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:32 pm

    Thank you Mark

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