The past perfect continuous tense (also known as the past perfect progressive tense) expresses the continuation of an action that began in the past and ended at a later period. The past perfect continuous tense is formed by combining had been with the present participle of the verb (root + -ing).

the perfect past A continuous tense action is one that began in the past, continued in the past, and finished at a specific point in the past. When Dad went into the room, he was eating cereal straight from the box. When I got the promotion, I had been working at the restaurant for two years.

The perfect progressive tense (also known as the perfect continuous tense) is used to express that an event or action is, was, or will continue to occur (progressive) but will be finished at a later time, or that it refers to a later period (perfect).

The past tense is a verb tense that refers to a past event or state of being. For For example: I jumped in the lake. (This is a past activity.)

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