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What is past perfect progressive with examples?

What is past perfect progressive with examples?

The past perfect progressive emphasizes the duration of a past action before another action happened. For example, “I had been smoking for 10 years before I quit.” You form the past perfect progressive by using had been followed by an –ing verb.

What is the difference between past perfect and past perfect progressive?

Use the past perfect to talk about an event which had happened at some point in time before something took place. The past perfect continuous is used to express how long something had been going on before something important happened in the past.

When should use past perfect?

We can use the past perfect to show the order of two past events. The past perfect shows the earlier action and the past simple shows the later action. When the police arrived, the thief had escaped.

How do you use past perfect?

We usually use the past perfect to make it clear which action happened first. Maybe we are already talking about something in the past and we want to mention something else that is further back in time. This is often used to explain or give a reason for something in the past. I’d eaten dinner so I wasn’t hungry.

What is the future perfect progressive tense?

The future perfect progressive tense, also known as the future perfect continuous tense, is used to indicate a continuous action in the future. The general formula is will + have been + verb (ending in -ing). An example would be, “Shannon will have been gardening for three years by then.”…

What is the function of the perfect present progressive tense?

The present perfect progressive tense is used for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present, or a continuous activity that began in past but has now finished (usually very recently). The simple past tense is used to describe a completed activity that happened in the past.

What are some examples of past perfect tense?

I had never seen such a beautiful sunset before I went to the island.

  • We were not able to stay overnight at the hotel since we had not reserved a room in advance.
  • She had never been to the symphony before last night.
  • Marc knew Philadelphia so well because he had lived there for five years.
  • What is the past perfect progressive tense of the verb try?

    The past perfect progressive tense indicates a continuous action that was completed at some point in the past. For example: “I had been working in the garden all morning.”. “George had been painting his house for weeks, but he finally gave up.”. So the past perfect progressive tense of try, is “had been trying”. For example: