Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense- continued up to a certain time

Past Perfect Continuous Tense shows an action started in the past and continued up to that certain time in the past. In this tense, the past tense of ‘have’ that is ‘had’ is used with ‘been’ and the present participle of a verb. This is also known as perfect imperfect or perfect progressive past tense.

We have seen that there is some change in the use of auxiliaries in the present and future perfect continuous tense, but in this tense, we don’t change the form of have according to the subject.

In this sentence, we should use –

  • ‘had’ with ‘been’ for any subject.
  • present participle that is –ing form of the main verb

Now, we shall take an example with three persons in tabular form.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense- Example

In this table, we have an example of past perfect continuous tense. We have taken first, second and third person with singular and plural form. There is use of had been with present participle of verb.
Let's have a look-
PersonSingular NumberPlural Number
1stI had been learning. We had been learning.
2nd You had been learning.You had been learning.
3rdHe had been learning. They had been learning.
She had been learning.They had been learning.
It had been learning.They had been learning.

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