Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous Short Explanation

The Past Perfect Continuous is used to say how long something had been happening before something else happened in the past. Let's see the following examples :
  • The tennis match had to be stopped. They had been playing for five sets when there was a terrible storm.
  • George had been living in Plymouth for 30 years when he decided to move to London last year.
The Past Perfect Continuous is the past form of The Present Perfect Continuous. Let's see the following examples :
  • How long have you been smoking (until now) ? The Present Perfect Continuous
  • HoYw long had you been smoking when you got lung cancer ? The Past Perfect continuous

Past Perfect Continuous Exercises

Write a sentence based on the situation given !
Let's see the examples first!
  • We began playing volley ball ten minutes ago. Suddenly the storm came.                                 You write : We had been playing volley ball for ten minutes when suddenly the storm came.
1. John and I started to walk along the road 5 minutes ago. A car stopped and the driver offered us a lift.
2. I had arranged to meet Jane in a cafe. I arrived and began waiting. After half an hour I realized that I had come to the wrong cafe.
3. The band began playing at the concert. After ten minutes a man began shouting.

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