شرح The past perfect continuousIbrahim | 10 November, 2012 | tenses | No Comments Asalamo Alaykoum.The past perfect continuous is composed of two elements – the past perfect of the verb to be (=had been) + the present participle (base+ing).ExamplesSubjecthad beenverb-ingIhad beenwalking AffirmativeShehad beentryingNegativeWehadn’t beensleepingInterrogativeHad youbeeneatingInterrogative negativeHadn’t theybeenlivingExample: to buy, past perfect continuousAffirmativeNegativeInterrogativeI had been buyingI hadn’t been buyingHad I been buying?You had been buyingYou hadn’t been buyingHad you been buyingHe,she,it had been buyingHe hadn’t been buyingHad she been buying?We had been buyingWe hadn’t been buyingHad we been buying?You had been buyingYou hadn’t been buyingHad you been buyingThey had been buyingThey hadn’t been buyingHad they been buyingPast Perfect Continuous: FunctionThe past perfect continuous corresponds to the present perfect continuous, but with reference to a time earlier than ‘before now’. Again, we are more interested in the process.ExamplesHad you been waiting long before the taxi arrived?We had been trying to open the door for five minutes when Jane found her key.It had been raining hard for several hours and the streets were very wet.Her friends had been thinking of calling the police when she walked in.This form is also used in reported speech. It is the equivalent of the past continuous and the present perfect continuous in direct speech:Jane said “I have been gardening all afternoon.” Jane said she had been gardening all afternoon.When the police questioned him, John said “I was working late in the office that night.” When the police questioned him, John told them he had been working late in the office that night. RelatedRelated Posts شرح Present Perfect Verb Tense 2 Comments | Nov 8, 2012 شرح past continuous tense No Comments | Oct 23, 2012 شرح future perfect No Comments | Nov 16, 2012 شرح the present perfect tense 5 Comments | Oct 30, 2012About The Author IbrahimI´m student , 21 yeras old ,like developing websites . My hobby is fishing and swimmingAdd a Comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name:*Email Address:*Website:captcha * 1 × nine = Comment:* Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.