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Past Perfect Continuous

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,069 mod
edited July 2016 in The Tenses
Do you struggle with the tenses?

I have been learning German for over 10 years.
I had been learning French, but I gave up when I moved to Germany.
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  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 5,986 mod
    Where can I write down some tries about `Past perfect continuous`?
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 5,986 mod
    May I write it in here?

    I had been doing the newspaper round for many years. I did it and now I am doing something different.

    I have been doing the newspaper round for many year and I cannot quit it.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,069 mod
    I have been doing the newspaper round for many years. = I cannot quit it.
  • janiejanie Posts: 5
    edited March 2015
    i had been learning spanish for many years but now i am learning chinese.

    i have been learning spanish for many years.

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    I had been learning Spanish for many years before I started learning Chinese.

    I have been learning Spanish for many years.
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  • janiejanie Posts: 5
    edited March 2015
    i had been going gym for many years but now going for swimming.

    i have been going gym for many years.

    what else i could write instead for MANY YEARS.shall i mention number of years.

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    I had been going to the gym for many years, but now I go swimming.

    I have been going gym for many years.

    What else could I write instead of MANY YEARS? Should I mention the number of years?
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  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2015
    Two days ago I met Jack, who was out of breath. He had been running. He told me about the big brown Easter rabbit, who had been hunting him.

    Yesterday Rezzy earned 10 comments badge. She had been writing comments since she joined the community.

    I was very happy when I arrived home. I had been walking around the country with my friends.

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    Yesterday, Rezzy earned the 10 comments badge. She had been writing comments since she joined the community.

    ... out for a walk with my friends...
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  • MOHSENMOHSEN Posts: 114 ✭✭
    edited May 2015
    I had been studying English for 6 months before I took the ielts exam.
    I was tired because I had been walking for three hours.

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    IELTS
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  • gllgll Posts: 91 ✭✭
    edited May 2015
    I had been talking here and learning new words and tenses.
    one day, my effort will eventually bear a fruit .

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    I have been talking here and learning new words and tenses. One day, my efforts will eventually bear fruit .
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • SairaSaira Posts: 750 ✭✭✭
    She told me that she had been working as a teacher for over 35 years.
    I had to go on a diet because I had been eating too much chocolate.
  • RomanRoman Posts: 493 ✭✭✭
    edited July 2015
    I have been watching all major SF series.
    She has been complaining that I don't pay attention

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    I have been watching all the major SF series.
    She has been complaining that I don't pay attention.

    (Does she want you to pay attention to her, or the SF series? :wink:
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • shasha96shasha96 Posts: 426 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2016
    I had been working at that company for three years when it went out of business.

    I have been working at that company for 3years !!

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    I have been working at that company for 3 years!
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  • peaceculture2peaceculture2 Posts: 1,311 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    I have been playing volleyball for four months

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    I have been playing volleyball for four months.

    !Note - Just to show that it's not all you've been doing it's worth adding some extra information:-


    I have been playing volleyball every week for four months.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • AnuradaAnurada Posts: 207 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2016
    I had been leaning English lessons before our guests arrived yesterday night, so I couldn't complete my lessons.

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    I had been learning English before guests arrived last night. I couldn't complete the lessons because I had to look after our guests.
    or
    I was studying my English lessons when our guests arrived last night, so I couldn't complete my lessons.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • venimingveniming Posts: 15 ✭✭
    edited June 2016
    I had been studying English for 8 years before I entered this forum, but my English ability is not good enough to make deep communication with foreigner come from English-speaking countries.

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    I had been studying English for 8 years before I entered this forum.

    At the moment my English is not good enough to have deep and meaningful conversations with people from English-speaking countries.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • hellennehellenne Posts: 29 ✭✭
    i had been reading english textbooks for many years. I did learn a lot from it but I couldn't speak spontaneously and confidently with native speakers. Now, I am beginning to gain self confidence by participating in the Learn English Forum online. <3
  • hellennehellenne Posts: 29 ✭✭
    edited July 2016
    i had been searching for a helpful english lessons online for a couple of months before I found this website.

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    I had been searching for helpful English lessons online for a couple of months before I found this website.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • BarbiBarbi Posts: 18 ✭✭
    edited July 2016
    I had been working in a green house for 3 months before i had to start writing my diploma.
    I have been learning Spanish for 6 months.

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    I worked in a greenhouse for 3 months before I had to start writing my diploma.
    I have been learning Spanish for 6 months.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • LutyLuty Posts: 23 ✭✭
    I had been fighting life for ages until I got an extraordinary chance to change that life.
  • sammanisammani Posts: 238 ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    I have been learning English for 2 years.
    I had been crushing a boy for 6 year.But I gave up.Because he fall in love with a nother girl. :'(

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    I have been learning English for 2 years.

    I had a crush on a boy for 6 years, but I gave up because he fell in love with another girl. (This could save the boy a lot of pain.)

    !Note - In NAmE I believe you can "crush on" someone, but it's non-standard English.

    So for NAmE: I had been crushing on a boy for 6 years, but I gave up because he fell in love with another girl.
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  • GNoelGNoel Posts: 15 ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    1. I have been enjoying walking in the good weather.
    2. I had a beautiful painting, but I lost it.
    3. I had a good day before I realized that I have a lot of homework.

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    This needs to be rewritten to be PPC:-

    3. I had been enjoying my day before I remembered that I had a lot of homework.
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  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Practicing Past Perfect Continuous
    (1) I had been eating my lunch when I decided to start practicing English sentences.
    (2) I had been making example sentences when I noticed a song that I like being played in the background.
    (3) I had always been expecting that the American people would choose Hillary Clinton as their next president until I actually learned the result of the election in the news.

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    (2) I had been making example sentences when I noticed a song that I like was playing in the background.
    (3) I had always expected that the American people would choose Hillary Clinton as their next president until I actually learned the result of the election in the news.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne
    Thanks for your corrections.

    Should I say "a song was playing" instead of "a song was being played"?
    I should practice this so that I won't make this mistake the next time.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,069 mod
    edited December 2016
    Yes, use "... a song was playing on the radio", it is more natural.
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