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English Grammar

Past Perfect Continuous Tense


The past perfect continuous tense is used when 2 actions happened in the past.

  • The first action uses the the past perfect continuous tense.
  • The second action uses the past verb tense.
  • Examples:

    • We had been learning English for a few years, before I started to teach English.
    • The girls had been working in the factory for 10 years, before the closed the factory.
    • My teacher had been studying in English, before she stared to teach English.
    • We were upset. We had been waiting for the bus for over an hour.
    • My mother was sick. She had been fighting cancer for many years.
    • We were tired. We had been working long hours for the last few weeks.
    • The girls were so excited. They had been waiting for the letter from City College for the last few months.

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense Chart

Past Simple Tense Exercise 1

Past Simple Tense Exercise 2

Past Simple Tense & Present Perfect Tense

Past Continuous Tense