10. The Past Perfect Continuous Tense

I had been working We had been working

You had been working You had been working

He/She/It had been working They had been working

The past perfect continuous tense is quite like the past perfect tense except it expresses longer actions in the past before another action in the past.

Look at the following examples:-

  • The nurse was very exhausted as she had been working a 20-hour shift.
  • It was past her bedtime. She had been waiting to get home since 10 o’clock.
  • My muscles ached after yesterday’s jog. I had not been running for a while now.