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Past Perfect Progressive Tense

Past perfect progressive tense indicates an ongoing event that was completed in the past, prior to some other past event.

  • We had been looking for a house for six months when we found this one.
  • Mark had been applying for other jobs before he was laid off.

The pattern for forming past perfect progressive tense is as follows:

  • Had + been + present participle

To form the negative, place not between had and been. To form a question, move had to the beginning of the sentence, in front of the subject.

  • We had been looking for a house.
  • Had we been looking for a house?
  • We had not been looking for a house.

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