Past Perfect Continuous Tense definition with examples
Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Definition: The past perfect continuous tense shows actions that were ongoing in the past and ended before another past action. You can create this tense by combining “had been” + present participle (verbs with “ing” ending).
Definition in Hindi For Indian Users:
पहचान: इन वाक्यों के अंत में रहा था /रही थी /रहे थे (इतने समय से) आता है।
राम 2 घंटे से खेल रहा था।
वे सुबह से खेल रहे थे।
सीता कल से पढ़ रही थी।
There Are Generally Two Uses For This Tense:
1. Ongoing continuous events over a period of time before another action or event in the past. These must be continuous verbs, and cannot be actions that are still happening in the present.
>You HAD BEEN WORKING for hours when I tried to call you.
>The dog and the cat HAD BEEN FIGHTING all day yesterday before you came home from work.
2. A past action that illustrates cause and effect. You must use a continuous verb to show the action that happened first.
>You were feeling sick because you HAD BEEN EATING too much junk food all day.
>I failed the test because I HAD BEEN STUDYING the wrong subject.
>The fireman failed to connect the hose because he HAD NOT BEEN KEEPING it properly maintained.
Rule For How To Make Tense:
If Sub=I, You, Singular(एकवचन) or Plural(बहुवचन) [Same Rule for all Subjects]