Beginners of English language sometimes face difficulties in understanding and applying the correct tenses while writing and speaking. One little mistake in tense of a sentence can lead to a big change in the meaning of the writer/speaker which can lead to confusion in the listener/reader.
Tense is described as the quality of a verb which occurs in a sentence and which describes the time frame of the action taking place. In simpler terms, the occurrence of action of a sentence is depicted by the tense of that sentence.
He likes bananas.
She sang well at the party.
But is doesn’t end there. The past tense is further divided into different forms and types which include past indefinite tense, past continuous tense, past perfect tense and past perfect continuous tense.
Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Past perfect continuous indicates that a continuous action that started in the past kept on happening for some time in the past. It refers to an action that happened before now continuously for some specific time.
The boys had been standing at the bus stop for 2 hours.
The above example is also that of past perfect continuous tense. Notice that the first form of verb stand is used along with –ing and had been before it which represents that time of the continuous action was that of the past which kept on going for 2 hours.