Past Perfect Progressive Tense

 

Definition:

This form emphasize the duration of one past event taking

Place before another past event. The past perfect progressive form, like

The past progressive form, may show a past event in progress before it

Is interrupted by another past event.

 

Example:

1.     The boys had been playing baseball all the morning before their mother told them to study.

(The boys were playing baseball until their mother told them to study.)

2.     I had been doing exercise until he came.

(I was doing exercise until he came.)

3.     I felt tired because I had been running all the way.

(I was running so I felt tired.)

4.     When he arrived, I had been waiting for him for one hour.

(I was waiting for him until he arrived.)

 

Reference:

     Some verbs can't put on" progressive form"; in the meanwhile, they can't put on" past perfect progressive form" except "want" and "wish".

Example:

1.     The boy was delighted with his new bike because he had been wanting

one for a long time.

 

Reference:

     The sentence that has frequency can't use past perfect progressive.

 

Example:

1.     He had been trying five times to get her on the phone but had failed. (wrong)

Revise: He had been trying to get her on the phone but he failed.

 


Future Perfect Progressive Tense

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