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The Tenses: Part-XI


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Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense is used to

1. Show an action that started before a certain point of time in the past and continued till that period.

My mother had been washing clothes since morning.
We had been reading for two hours.


Affirmative Sentence

Pattern: Subject + had been + first form of the verb + ing + for/since +object.

Examples:

1.I had been reading Hindi 2. We had been reading Hindi since morning.
for two hours.
3.You had been working 4. He had been working since morning.
for two hours.
5.She had been playing 6. They had been playing since morning.
for two hours.
7.Razia had been singing 8. Aman had been singing since morning.
for two hours.
9. The children had been running 10. The boys had been running since morning.
for two hours.

Remember:

1. For all subjects ‘had been’ is used after the subject.
2. ‘ing’ is added to the first form of verb.
3. ‘for’/ ’since’ is used after the object according to the rule mentioned above.
4. A Full Stop (.) is used at the end of the sentence.

Negative Sentence

Pattern: Subject + had not been + first form of the verb + ing + for/since +object.

Examples:

1.I had not been reading 2.We I had not been reading Hindi since morning.
Hindi for two hours.
3.You had not been working 4. He had not been working since morning.
for two hours.
5.She had not been playing 6. They had not been playing since morning.
for two hours.
7.Razia had not been 8. Aman had not been singing since morning.
singing for two hours.
9.The children had not 10. The boys had not been running since morning.
been running for two hours.

Remember:

1. For all subjects ‘had not been’ is used after the subject.
2. ‘ing’ is added to the first form of verb.
3. ‘for’/ ’since’ is used after the object according to the rule mentioned above.
4. A Full Stop (.) is used at the end of the sentence.

Interrogative Sentence

Pattern: Has/have + subject + been + first form of the verb + ing + for/since +object.
Examples:

1.Had I been reading Hindi 2. Had we been reading Hindi since morning?
for two hours?
3.Had you been working 4. Had he been working since morning?
for two hours?
5.Had she been playing 6. Had they been playing since morning?
for two hours?
7.Had Razia been singing 8. Had Aman been singing since morning?
for two hours?
9.Had the children been 10. Had the boys been running since morning?
running for two hours?

Remember:

1. For all subjects ‘had is used before the subject.
2. ‘been’ is put after the subject.
3. ‘ing’ is added to the first form of verb.
4. ‘for’/ ’since’ is used after the object according to the rule mentioned above.
5. A Question Mark (?) is used at the end of the sentence.


Sample Usage

As shown above against each.


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