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Past Perfect Continuous

How is the past perfect continuous tense formed? The past perfect continuous tense (sometimes called the past progressive tense) is formed by using had been and then the verb plus -ing. had been + root form of the verb + ing When is the past perfect continuous tense used? The past perfect continuous tense is used when there are two actions. The earlier action continues up to the second action in time. Here are some examples: Ricky had been playing video games until his mother walked into the room. She had been living there for five years until she got a job in another city. The team had been practicing twice a day before they won the championship. The past perfect continuous tense is often used with words like when, for, since, and before.

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