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Past Perfect Progressive

We form the past perfect progressive (sometimes called the "past perfect continuous") with had been + main verb + ing. We use this tense to talk about an on-going process that happened in the past before something else in the past.

For example, we might say, "She had been waiting for two hours when the bus finally arrived." The bus arrived in the past, and before that, she had been in the on-going process of waiting for it to come.

Past Perfect Progressive Grammar Quiz

  1. I minding my own business when the canvasser stopped me on the street to talk about legalizing pot.

  2. I had whether to call him for the last two days until he phoned and asked me out today.

  3. been waiting very long before I met you?

  4. Joy Division been attracting many fans until the lead singer killed himself and they became New Order.

  5. We'd along the river when it started to pour and we got soaking wet.

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Past Perfect Progressive Lessons:

Gift Imbalance

PDA

Terminator Salvation

Hotels

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Out of Thin Air

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IMOdraude

Brazil

I had been training running until I had an sprained ankle.


My friends had been shopping when strong winds started.


02:11 PM Dec 25 2012 |

el-qadi

Morocco

past perfect progressive


and the other tenses


 

08:45 PM Dec 23 2012 |

sapindra

sapindra

Nepal

i had been listing the bbc news.

04:39 PM Oct 15 2012 |

marlene_eugenio

Philippines

I had been learning an english lesson whwn my audit came in.

08:42 AM Oct 06 2012 |

mandaandani

Indonesia

i had been dancing on theatre when my friend got an a car accident 


Fiona had been drawing a portrait until her sister came back to home


i had been finishing my task before my friend asked me to help her task


i had been eating at the mall before i met with my dad there

09:50 AM Oct 01 2012 |

mandaandani

Indonesia

i had been staying on library when the company phoned me and told a good news !

07:23 PM Sep 30 2012 |

mandaandani

Indonesia

i had been doing my thesis until my boyfriend asked me out and my mom became so angry ..

07:21 PM Sep 30 2012 |

mandaandani

Indonesia

i had been watching the movies when the earthquake occured 

07:16 PM Sep 30 2012 |

dry_tears

dry_tears

Morocco

I was doing the dishes when my friend called ,


I had been doing the dishes when my friend called.



 i want to know the difference here between the two tenses ,

04:52 PM Aug 02 2012 |

mavalo

Mozambique

I had been writing for two hours until my friend came in.

08:42 AM Jun 18 2012 |