Questions tagged [past-perfect-continuous]

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past perfect progressive instead of past perfect simple?

This is from a novel: The man who had sat next to her the day before began to laugh. Is it possible to say: The man who had been sitting next to her the day before began to laugh?
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same sentence, different tenses

I have found two examples of the same sentence where different tenses are used. I can't find the pictures I had looked at earlier. I can't find the pictures I had been looking at earlier. To me ...
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Is it correct to use Past Continuous with 'since' adverbial clause?

For example: "Since I done my first homework, I was doing my second homework" I've seen plenty of examples on English learner's sites demonstrating either Past Simple or Present Perfect as the main ...
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past perfect simple vs past perfect continuous in these examples

I was wondering why the past perfect simple is used in one sentence and the past perfect continuous in the other. What is the difference? "The bartender looked at the seat the customer had occupied." ...
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past simple or past perfect progressive

This is an example from a book: "I had been teaching English in Japan when the earthquake hit." To me this means that I had been teaching for a while at the time the earthquake hit. If I just want to ...
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had limped vs had been limping

"There were drops of blood on the floor, it looked as if a small wounded creature had limped through the stall." Could you say: “There were drops of blood on the floor, it looked as if a small ...