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Past Perfect Continues tense

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  1. Rules – Perfect continues tense tell about the time, for the definite (particular point of time) time “since” is used.
  2. For indefinite time “ for” is used.
  3. In affirmative sentence Subject + had been + first form of verb + ing.
Affirmative Sentence
  • I had been working for hours.
  • She has been working since 4’o clock.
  • I had been living in Delhi since 1979.
Negative sentences
Rules –Subject+ Had + not + been
  • I had not been working for four hours.
  • She had not been since 4’o clock.
  • I had not been living in Delhi since 1979.
Interrogative Sentences – Affirmative
  • Rules – “Had” will come at the starting of the sentences,
  • interrogative adverb will come before “had”
  • Had he been working for four hours?
  • Had she been working since 4’o clock?
  • Had I been living in Delhi since 1979?
Interrogative sentence – negative
Rules – “not” before “been”
  • Had I not been working for four hours?
  • Had she not been working since 4’o clock?
  • Had I not been living in Delhi since 1979?
Example
  1. He had been living in deli for last 10 years.
  2. She had been reading since 4’ o clock in the night?
  3. Workers had been working hard for eight hours.
  4. He had been suffering form fever for a week.
  5. Kid had been crying for milk for 2 hours.
  6. Your friends had not been helping you for long time.
  7. Had you been waiting for him since morning?
  8. Had your team been playing for last two days?
  9. Had you been waiting for him since morning?
  10. Had dogs not been barking since morning?
  11. Had she not been taking this examination since 1985?
  12. Where had they been living for last five years?
  13. Why had you not been going to school for last five days?
  14. Why had you not been working hard since July?

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