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Past Perfect Continuous Tense

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Verbs have different forms, called tenses. The tense of a verb tells us when the action happens.

Forms of Past Perfect Continuous Tense

had been + present participle


I had been working at the hospital for two years when the trouble started.

Contraction (short form)

I had been

I’d been

You had been

You’d been

She had been

She’d been

He had been

He’d been

They had been

They’d been

We had been

We’d been

It had been

It’d been


I’d been working at the hospital for two years when the trouble started.

When do we use the past perfect continuous tense?

The past perfect continuous is similar to the past perfect, except that it expresses longer actions in the past before another action in the past.


She had been waiting for nearly an hour when the bus finally arrived.

He had been working at the bank for a year before he left for the United States.


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