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Past Perfect Continuous Verb Tense Chart


Positive Sentences

Subject + Auxiliary Verb1 + Auxiliary Verb2+ Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Auxiliary Verb1 - The past tense of "have" is used.
  • Auxiliary Verb2 - the V3/past participle form of the verb "to be" (been) is used.
  • Main Verb - the base verb + ing is used.
Subject Auxiliary Verb1 Auxiliary Verb 2 Main Verb
1st Person I had been studying all night. I was really tired.
2nd Person We had been cleaning all week, before my mother came to visit.
3st Person Singular The dog had been barking all night.
3st Person Plural The girls had been watching moves last night.


Negative Sentences

Subject + Auxiliary Verb1 + Not + Auxiliary Verb2+ Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Auxiliary Verb1 - the past tense of "have" (had) is used.
  • "Not" - is added after the auxiliary verb "have".
  • Auxiliary Verb2 - the V3/past participle form of the verb "to be" (been) is used.
  • Main Verb - the base verb + ing is used.
Subject Auxiliary Verb1 Not Auxiliary Verb2 Main Verb
1st Person I had not been sleeping for the last few days, so I went to the doctor.
2nd Person You had not been studying very much before your test, that is why you failed.
3rd Person Singular He had not been eating for the last few day. She lost a lot of weight.
3rd Person Plural Tammy and Mike had not been working for the last few days. They do not have any money.


Questions

Auxiliary Verb1 + Subject + Auxiliary Verb2+ Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Auxiliary Verb1 - the past tense of "have" (had) is used.
  • Subject - the subject comes after the auxiliary verb "have" (had).
  • Auxiliary Verb2 - the V3/past participle form of the verb "to be" (been) is used.
  • Main Verb - the base verb + ing is used.
Auxiliary Verb1 Subject Auxiliary Verb2 Main Verb
1st Person Singular Had I been making a lot of noise, while you were sleeping?
2nd Person Had we been making a mess, should we clean up?
3nd Person Singular Had she been cleaning the house last week, it looks really clean?
3nd Person Plural Had the children been sleeping they look very tired?


Past Simple Tense

Past Continuous Verb Tense

Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Verb Tense