Past Perfect Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples 1

Past Perfect Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples

Past Perfect Continuous in English and past perfect continuous examples. Learn the definition and how to form the past perfect continuous tense with useful examples and ESL printable infographics.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Definition

The Past Perfect Continuous tense is used to express something that started in the past and continued until another time in the past.

Forming Past Perfect Continuous

Positive Statements | Past Perfect Continuous

SUBJECTHAD BEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Youhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Hehad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Tomhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The boyhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Shehad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Annahad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The girlhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Wehad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Youhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
Theyhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.
The childrenhad beenstandingat the bus stop for thirty minutes.

Notice that we use ‘had been’ and the verb + ing the same for all subjects.

Negative Statements | Past Perfect Continuous

SUBJECTHAD NOT BEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Youhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Hehad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Tomhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
The boyhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Shehad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Annahad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
The girlhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Wehad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Youhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
Theyhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.
The childrenhad not beenexercisingat the gymnasium.

Notice that we use ‘had not been’ and the verb + ing form for all subjects.

Interrogative Statements | Past Perfect Continuous

HADSUBJECTBEENVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
HadIbeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadyoubeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadhebeenwaitingfor a long time?
HadTombeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadthe boybeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadshebeenwaitingfor a long time?
HadAnnabeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadthe girlbeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadwebeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadyoubeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadtheybeenwaitingfor a long time?
Hadthe menbeenwaitingfor a long time?

Past Perfect Continuous Chart

Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples 2

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