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Past Perfect Continuous Tense

PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE 

  • To describe a past action, already started in the past and continued up to another action or time in the past 

USE OF SINCE/ FOR—- 

  • SINCE is used when the starting point is given.  
  • FOR is used when the period of time is given. 

FOR EXAMPLE: – 

Period of Time (FOR)  Point of Time (SINCE) 
For four hours  Since 2 O’clock  
For three days  Since Monday 
For five months  Since April 
For seven years  Since 1990 
For some years  Since childhood, since this morning, since last week, since yesterday, 

AFFIRMATIVE/POSITIVE 

RULE–SUB+HAD+BEEN+V1+ING+OB____ SINCE/FOR 

FOR EXAMPLE: – 

  •  I had been waiting for his call for two hours. 
  • We had been living in this city since 2010. 
  • The boys had been playing games since Sunday.  

NEGATIVE 

RULE–SUB+HAD+NOT+BEEN+V1+ING+OB____SINCE/FOR 

FOR EXAMPLE 

  • They had not been running for few weeks. 
  • She had not been practicing since January. 
  • had not been doing my work for six months. 

INTERROGATIVE 

RULE–HAD+SUB+BEEN+V1+ING+OB____SINCE/FOR? 

FOR EXAMPLE: – 

  • Had you been driving since morning? 
  • Had they been learning English for three years? 
  • Had she been crying since last evening? 

INTERROGATIVE NEGATIVE 

RULE–HAD+SUB+NOT+BEEN+V1+ING+OB___SINCE/FOR? 

FOR EXAMPLE: – 

  •  Had he not been watching TV for 2 hours? 
  • Had they not been playing computer games for many months? 
  • Had she not been speaking English since childhood? 

 

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