In perfect continuous past tense, verb describes the completed action in continuation in the past time. For this, first get the forms of verbs so that it will be easy to understand. We use had with been and present participle of verb in perfect continuous past tense.
Formation of Perfect Continuous Past Tense
In this type, we use had for all subjects that is-
- For first person that is I and we.
- If subject is second person, singular as well as plural number that is you.
- For third person singular as well as plural number that is he, she, it, they or any other third person.
So, by taking the above rules in consideration, we get the formations as;
- Subject + had + been + present participle of main verb + remaining words
Keep in mind that this formation is of affirmative sentences.
Examples of Perfect Continuous Past Tense
Here, we have some examples.
We used the verb- translate in these sentences. Here, we have taken present participle of translate that is ‘translating’ in every sentence.
Let’s have a look-
- I had been translating it in English.
- We had been translating it in English.
- You had been translating it in English.
- He had been translating it in English.
- She had been translating it in English.
- It had been translating it in English.
- They had been translating it in English.
More Examples of Perfect Continuous Past Tense-
Used verbs are in parenthesis.
- She had been arriving there in that morning. (arrive)
- They had been borrowing a bike for one day. (borrow)
- She had been joining another company that week. (join)
- I had been giving her a photo frame on her birthday. (give)
- She had been shooting me an email to inform me about the rules of the company. (shoot)
- I had been submitting all documents at the end of that month. (submit)
- We had been providing all crucial information about the case. (provide)
- You had been getting your tickets before time. (get)
- They had been purchasing necessary things from the shop that morning. (purchase)
- I had been admitting her to another school. (admit)
- He had been buying a white t-shirt for his brother. (buy)
- We had been taking an advantage of our knowledge. (take)
- You yourself had been receiving it. (receive)
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