It is used to tell about things which continue to happen over a long period of time in history.


  • Trains had been running late since the last one month
  • She had been taking precautions since last week
  • In this case,we use " had been " + verb+ing  with the verbs(both singular and plural)

Rules for Past Perfect Continuous

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Convert Present perfect continuous to past perfect continuous

I have been working in this company from the past 10 years

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He has been eating a lot of junk food

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We have been talking to him

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They have been fighting a lot

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Comparison with Simple Past,Past Continuous, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous

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