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Homework Help: ESL-grammar

Posted by Katrina on Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at 5:29pm.

can anyone plz tell me what's the differences between past perfect tense and past perfect continuous tense?and tell me few examples of each one?


Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. The past perfect tense is to show that something "had happened" prior to another event in the past. It is made up of the auxiliary (helping) verb "to have" plus the past participle, usually ending in "ed." Here are some examples: I had studied, he had begun, we had written, they had finished. Notice that some past participles are irregular, not ending in "ed" such as "written, begun."

The past perfect continuous tense is used
to show that something started in the past and continued up until another time in the past. Here are some examples: I had been studying, he had been beginning, we had been writing, they had been finishing. This is made up of the helping verb "to have" in the past + "been" + the present participle, ending in "ing."

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