Spanish / Perfect Tenses

posted by .

I know that haber is used as an auxilary verb and is used with other verbs to say things like "I have [verb]" or "I had [verb]". I know that in order to say "I had walked", you would say "Habia caminado". How would you say "I had been walking"? Is haber used in a different tense, or is it not used at all?

  • Spanish / Perfect Tenses -

    This is an excellent site to give you help with this...
    http://users.ipfw.edu/JEHLE/courses/perfect1.htm

  • Spanish / Perfect Tenses -

    i would say "estaba caminando"

  • Spanish / Perfect Tenses -

    "The past perfect is NOT used to indicate an action which began in previous past time and is still in progress in (simple) past time; the imperfect tense is used for this purpose:
    Hacía cuatro años que vivíamos aquí. We had lived (had been living) here for four years. " --taken from the link

    So if I wanted to say something "had been used" long ago, that's not an action that's still occuring, right? So would it be okay to say "habia usado"?

  • Spanish / Perfect Tenses -

    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. GuruBlue gave you an excellent site for the Perfect Tenses.

    You will be primarily concerned with the Present Perfect Tense (Present of the auxiliary "haber" plus the "past participle" as in "he estudiado" = I have studied. OR The Pluperfect Tense (Past Perfect Tense) using "haber" in the Imperfect plus the past participle as in "había estudiado" = I had studied. There is, however, a Preterit Perfect Tense "hube estudiado" used mainly in literary style to indicate that the action or event had just ended. And, of course, there is a Future Perfect Tense "habré estudiado" + I will/shall have studied and a Conditional Perfect "habría estudiado" = I would have studied. You might also come across a Perfect Infinitive "haber estudiado" = to have studied or a Perfect Participle "habiendo estudiado" = having studied.

    As for your question about "had been + gerund" you might see "había estado + past participle" or "había sido + past participle" however you will be most apt to use the "hacía + period of time + Imperfect" as you mentioned above.

    Sra

Respond to this Question

First Name
School Subject
Your Answer

Similar Questions

  1. again...

    how about this sentence? After breakfast, before we'd had time to scatter. Is that we would?
  2. English

    Thank you Ms. Sue and SraJMMcGin for your help. SraJMMcGin thanks for the verb list. Yeah that's what I meant, I just need to know out of the verb list you gave me, which are action, linking, auxilary and transitive. visit = verb scare …
  3. spanish

    how do you say please revise all the verb tenses
  4. english

    The verbs to do , to have , and to be are verbs that can be used 1.as a main verb. 2.as an auxiliary verb. 3.as either a main verb or an 4.auxiliary verb.
  5. English

    Okay got that one.. What about The cab driver was driving extremely fast down the street. The very phrase is was driving. Was is a linking verb and driving an action. Is it a linking verb or an action verb?
  6. lang arts

    I (used) my textbook to study for the exam. the word (used) is it a action verb,helping verb,linking verb, transitive verb?
  7. English-Grammar

    The interviewer (remained) speechless upon hearing about the senator’s revelations. Is remained a (I think this is the answer) linking verb action verb auxilary verb transitive verb Thanks for the help
  8. Language arts

    How do you form the perfect tense of a verb?
  9. English

    Studying verbs and participles. Am I right to say falling is a verb in following sentence?
  10. english

    Define verb tense. Write a sentence that has a simple present tense verb. Rewrite it, changing the verb to simple past tense, simple future tense, each of the perfect tenses, and each of the progressive tenses.

More Similar Questions