Jan 262013
 

In this episode of iswearenglish 100: Formation and Use of Tenses in English series you can learn about how to form and when to use the Past Perfect Continuous.

How To Form The Past Perfect Continuous:
Take a subject (I, the people etc) then put the auxiliary verb to have in the past simple (I had…, the people had…) then use the past participle of the verb to be (I had been…, the people had been…) and then use the gerund or present participle of the verb you wish to use (asking, taking). To form negatives put not after the auxiliary had. I had not been asking, the people had not been taking. Notice that this can be contracted to I hadn’t been asking, the people hadn’t been taking. To make questions change the positions of the subject and the auxiliary verb had. Had I been asking? Had the people been taking? If you wish you can add a question word at the beginning of the sentence. Why had I been asking? What had the people been taking?

The table set out below shows how it works:

Affirmative Negative Interrogative
I had been asking I had not been asking Had I been asking?
You had been asking You had not been asking Had you been asking?
He had been asking He had not been asking Had he been asking?
She had been asking She had not been asking Had she been asking?
It had been asking It had not been asking Had it been asking?
We had been asking We had not been asking Had we been asking?
You had been asking You had not been asking Had you been asking?
They had been asking They had not been asking Had they been asking?

 

How To Use The Past Perfect Continuous:

 

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