Please help me understand these sentences better:

He called while I had been sleeping.

Is this correct? And, if it is what, is the difference between that and:

He called me while I was sleeping?


I was working when he called.


I had been working when he called?

Thank you very much!

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He called while I had been sleeping.

Is wrong, I would rather say:

He called while I was sleeping.


He called while I was asleep.


"I was working when he called" means that you were working at the moment he called and maybe you couldn't take the call at that moment.

"When he called I had been working" could mean two things: either you had been working, for a period of time, until the moment he called, or you had just stopped working.

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