The construction of the past perfect progressive tense:

had + been working

The past perfect progressive tense denotes past activity which had been going on for some time before another past activity took place.

 

Examples

We had been running for one hour before we start to feel tired.

We had been living in Australia for 10 years, before I visited Sydney.

I had been waiting for an hour before the airplane took off.
What had you been doing before they arrived home ?

I hoped that they had not been waiting very long for us to come.

Past Participle

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

Would – Past Time

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

Used – Past Time

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

The Past Perfect Tense

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

The Present Perfect Progressive Tense

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

The Present Perfect Tense

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

The Past Progressive Tense

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

The Simple Past Tense

Defective Verbs | Defective Verbs  in English language are - can, may, must, ought, should.Common characteristics of these verbs

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