WHAT IS PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE TENSE?

What is PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE TENSE?

In this lesson, let’s take a look at the rules, usages and a short conversation on Past Perfect Progressive Tense. Learn just not one but multiple situations wherein past perfect progressive tense are used. Offering the best English courses in Gurgaon, our objective is not only to teach your Grammar but also to make you highly accurate so that you achieve a phenomenal level of fluency in your speech.

What are some RULES of using Past Perfect Progressive Tense?

TO DO (ACTION VERBS)

  • POSITIVE: SUB + HAD  + BEEN + VERB + ING + OBJECT
  • NEGATIVE: SUB + HAD NOT + BEEN + VERB + ING + OBJECT
  • INTERROGATIVE: HAD + SUB + BEEN  + VERB + ING + OBJECT?
Positive (of ‘play’)Negative (of ‘play’)Negative short formYes / No questions
I had been playing.I had not been playing.I hadn’t been playing.Had I been playing?
You had been playing.You had not been playing.You hadn’t been playing.Had you been playing?
He had been playing.He had not been playingHe hadn’t been playing.Had he been playing?
She had been playing.She had not been playing.She hadn’t been playing.Had she been playing?
It had been playing.It had not been playing.It hadn’t been playing.Had it been playing?
We had been playingWe had not been playing.We hadn’t been playing.Had we been playing?
They had been playing.They had not been playing.They hadn’t been playing.Had they been playing?

Past Perfect Progressive- Usages

Usage 1

To express an action that had been going on for some time in the past. It emphasises the recentness and the duration of a continuous activity which took a place before a particular time in the past. For examples –

  • Before moving to NCR they had been living in the southern regions of India.
  • Tiger had been trying to pounce on prey, relentlessly.
  • My brother had been running pillar-to-post in search of a job.
  • Soldiers had been appearing in all tests to prove their endurance.
  • India had been trying to convince Pakistan to stop terrorism.
  • It had been raining cats and dogs in Mumbai during September 2019.

Usage 2

To express expectations and wishes. For examples –

  • They had been willing for better environmental conditions.
  • Mr Tata had been hoping as well as working hard for a good appraisal.
  • The teacher had been training students to perform well in inter-school competition.
  • Father had been expecting financial support from son.
  • She had been looking forward to seeing some changes in rules and regulations.
  • The public had been waiting for the construction of roads and flyovers.

A SAMPLE CONVERSATION ON PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE

PAST PERFECT PROGRESSIVE TENSE- 

Sarah- Why had you been racking Mom’s mind for the last many days?

Sam- She had not been giving me permission to buy a new bike.

Sarah- She had been doing so because she had been getting anxious about your riding skills (sarcastic).

Sam- I had been riding a bike for 3 years, before joining college. That time you and mom were not worried. You both had been using me for your unnecessary work. Sometimes I picked both of you, sometimes dropped.

Sarah- We had not been using you. You had been enjoying riding. You used to go for long rides with your friends. By the way, you had been trying to convince mom, to get a new bike. What happened at last?

Sam- She has been giving me so many reasons, not to buy it. I constantly tried to get her approval. Finally, I got success.

Sarah- Thanks, brother.

Sam-Thanks! Why so?

Sarah- Now, I am able to use you as I had been doing earlier.

Sam- No, not at all!

FAQs of Past Perfect Progressive Tense

  1. What are some questions in Past Progressive Tense?
  • Where had I been working?
  • How long had you been sleeping?
  • What had she been reading?
  • How long had he been watching TV?
  • How long had it been raining?
  • What had we been drinking?
  • Why had they been eating?

2. What is past perfect progressive tense with examples?

For example, “I had been wokring at Tata Steel for 10 years before I quit.” We can form the past perfect progressive tense by using “had been” followed by an “–ing” verb. Past perfect progressive often includes the adverbs “for” and since that help in expressing duration.

3. What are the 3 progressive tenses?

We have three progressive tenses in English: the past progressive, the present progressive, and the future progressives tenses.

4. What is the perfect verb?

perfect form is the verb tense used to indicate a completed, or “perfected,” action or condition. These Verbs can appear in any one of three perfect tenses: present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect

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