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Use of Past Perfect for a state/action that isn't true anymore

The traditional definition for the past perfect tense is thT it's used to convey that something occured before another action in the past. Here are some example sentences from a website: I had ...
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Difference between Past continuous and Past perfect continuous

In these following sentences, which one is grammatically correct? They were playing football since 10 o'clock. They had been playing football since 10 o'clock. According to this reference ...
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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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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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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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Can “already” be used with the past perfect progressive?

This is from a grammar book: By the time we had lunch he had already jogged. (meaning he had finished jogging) Is it possible to say: "By the time we had lunch he had already been jogging" (without ...
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Using Past-Perfect interchangeably with the Past Continuous

I've seen this sentence in another post here: Tom Cruise was thinking of a career in the church before finding a job in the movies. Would it be fine to use the Past-Perfect as well? If so, ...
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Equality of continuous and perfect tenses (in a certain context)

Would they be both correct and equal in the same context (just to mention the fact) if I said TODAY: (1)It has been raining all day. (2)It is raining all day. Would they be both correct and ...
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change of tenses, different focus?

I have read the following sentence on a review site and it said: "The box looked like someone had played football with it". Can I change the sentence into: "The box looked like someone had been ...
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past perfect continuous and completion

He was really dirty because he had been repairing the car. Is it possible to say this even if the repairs have been completed, but I don't want to emphasize the completion just the fact that being ...
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Using the correct tense to establish a past context

Given the following sentence: Vivian _____________ computer lessons for very long so she wasn't sure how to use the Internet. I put hadn't had in missing place but the answer was hadn't been ...
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Past Perfect Continuous vs Past Continuous/Past Simple

Doing a grammar task I found this: A: Did you go out last night? B: No, 1) _____(work) all day, so I 2) _____(stay) in and 3) _____(watch) TV. The key says that the only option here is 1) had been ...
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Having something for years correct tense usage

Suppose I have a thing. I've acquired the thing many years ago but still have it. As far as I know, a correct phrase describing the said situation would be: I've been having this thing for years. ...
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Which is the correct phrase to be used here ? (since, from, was born, born) [closed]

Which one of the following is the correct answer sentence ? Que: "Which is your favourite game ?" Correct answer phrase ? 1) "The one I have been playing since the day I born" 2) "The one I have ...
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Past Perfect Continuous vs Past Continuous difference in meaning

In my grammar text book there is a sentence describing Past Perfect vs Past Perfect Continuous difference. I understand the difference between those two tenses, but there is another thing that makes ...
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past simple, past continuous and past perfect continuous

Am I correct? Yesterday lunchtime we had a bust-up. This is just stating a fact. The bust-up happened at lunchtime. Yesterday lunchtime we had been having a bust-up. This is emphasizing the ...
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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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How does Past Perfect Progressive give an idea of time

At 10:00 last night, it had been raining for an hour. In this sentence how do we understand the time? In other words, the hour that was mentioned in this sentence, what does it mean? Does it mean ...
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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 ...
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past perfect progressive vs past perfect simple

Do these sentences have the same meaning and can they be interchanged? Workers have recently worked on the system. Workers have recently been working on the system.
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past continuous vs past perfect continuous

What is the difference between these two sentences? I took my car to the garage because it wasn't working properly. This means that at that moment my car wasn't working properly. I took my car to ...
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difference between present perfect simple or continuous?

I would like to know if there is a difference between I have just talked to John about this and I have just been talking to John about this? Does the progressive mean the conversation ...
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which tense is better in this example?

That day, I had been working in London and I was on my way home when.... or That day, I had worked in London and I was on my way home when... (I am on my way home after the working day)
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past perfect continous for an action that has recently stopped?

I have seen several examples that say that the past perfect continuous is used to state that an action has finished, for example "I had been working on my novel when she came in to talk to me". The ...