Past Perfect Continuous Tense Sentences |Formula|Rules

In today’s lesson, I will be teaching you Past Perfect Continuous Tense in the Urdu with examples and Sentences. Let’s learn when to use this tense.

 

 

1- Past Perfect Continuous Tense – Definition|Rules

Definition

 

  • This tense tells us about an action that began to a point of time or a period of time in Past, continued, and then finished within the past.

 

  • It does not relate to the present. For showing a “point of time” we use “since” and “for” always indicates a “period of time”.

 

 

Rules

 

  • Like past continuous tense, we use the present particle (-ing) form of the verb as the main verb. And “had been” is used as a helping verb for this tense.

 

  • Whether the subject of a sentence is “he”, “she”, “it” or any singular noun or the subject of a sentence is “you”, “we”, “they”, “I” or any plural noun, we even use “had been” as a helping verb.

 

 

Rules of use of “for” or “since”

 

“for” is a preposition of time that shows a period of time and “since” is also a preposition of time that shows a point of time.

 

(i) Since Phrases

 

Since morning, since the evening, since the afternoon, since childhood, since 2 o’clock, since 2015, since my birth, since Friday, since November, etc.

 

(ii) For Phrases

 

For two hours, for one month, for two days, for two minutes, for three weeks, for five years, for a second, for a moment, etc.

 

 

3- Past Perfect Continuous Tense – Sentences

 

We usually make three types of sentences; affirmative, negative, and interrogative. let’s deal with them one by one.

 

 

1 – Affirmative Sentences

 

Formula = Sub + had been + Main Verb + Object + Full-stop

 

Examples

  • Ahmed had been playing football for two hours.
  • I had been recording a video since morning.
  • They had been chatting for three hours.
  • She had been working in this bank since 2015.

 

 

2- Negative Sentences

 

Formula = Sub + had + not + been + Main Verb + Object + Full-stop

 

Examples

  • Ahmed had not been playing football for two hours.
  • I had not been recording a video since morning.
  • They had not been Chatting for Three hours.
  • She had not been working in this bank since 2015.

 

 

3- Interrogative Sentences

 

Formula = Had + Sub + been + Main Verb + Object + Question Mark

 

Examples

  • Had Ahmed been playing football for two hours?
  • Had I been recording a video since morning?
  • Had they been chatting for three hours?
  • Had she been working in this bank since 2015?

About Sajid Hussain

Sajid Hussain is an online English teacher. He has been teaching English through Urdu/Hindi for 5 years.