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Past Perfect Progressive tense - Glossary of Terms


Past Perfect Progressive Tense

Verbs describing actions that took place in the past are said to be in the past tense.  The past perfect progressive tense is used to show the end of an on-going action that took place in the past.

Examples:

She had been painting the door before the dog scratched it.
The jury had been considering its verdict for several hours when the judge effectively ordered them to find Jones guilty.

The past perfect progressive tense is one for four past tenses.  They are:
 
The 4 Past Tenses Example
simple past tense I went
past progressive tense I was going
past perfect tense I had gone
past perfect progressive tense I had been going
 
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