Sunday , 21 January 2018

Past Perfect Continuous Tense


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Past Perfect Continuous Tense


Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Rules:

  • Always use 1st from of the verb.
  • Addition of (ing) after the verb.
  • So “sleep” becomes “sleeping”, “read becomes reading”
  • The helping verb of past perfect continuous tense is (had been)
  • As (had been) is the only helping verb of past perfect tense, so it is obvious that it will be used with all nouns and pronouns.
  • You will always find direct or indirect involvement of time in past perfect continuous tense.
  • To mention time we use (since or for)
  •  “Since” is used with uncountable time.
  • For example, childhood, morning, evening etc.
  • “For” is used with countable time.
  • For example, 3 hours, 4 weeks, 7 months etc.
  • Example of simple or positive sentence
  • I had been sleeping since morning.
  • The children had been playing for the last three hours.
  • In negative sentence “not” is used between the helping verb.
  •  (had not been)
  • Example of negative sentence.
  • I had not been sleeping since morning.
  • The children had not been playing for the last three hours.
  • In interrogative sentences half of the helping verb is used in start of the sentence and other half after the subject.
  • Example of interrogative sentence
  • Had I been sleeping since morning?
  • Had the children been playing for the last three hours?