Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar

Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar has been prepared for learning English Grammar of Class 5 under CBSE, ICSE, and Other State boards as Lesson No 19. Class 5 students in their English Grammar learning process will get help from the Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar to achieve better speaking and writing skills in English.

This Lesson 19, Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar contains – What Past Perfect Continuous Tense is? and Past Perfect Continuous Tense Formula, Uses, with a practice worksheet at the end for better knowledge for class 5.

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Example & Definition: Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar

  • He had been doing the job for five years.
  • had been reading History when my father came home.
  • Raj had been dreaming about winning the lottery.
  • Jai had been talking on the phone for two hours.

All the above-highlighted words talk about actions that started before a certain point of time in the past and continued up to that time.

When the verbs of the sentences refer to an action that started before a certain point of time in the past and had continued up to that time, they are in Past Perfect Continuous Tense.

Formula: Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar

The Formula of Past Perfect Continuous Tense with Positive, Negative, Interrogative, and Negative– interrogative sentences and the Past Perfect Continuous Tense chart using different persons and numbers have been shown in the following.

Past Perfect Continuous (Positive)

Formula – 1

Subject + had + been + Verb + ing + Object.

Chart – 1

1stI had been playing football.We had been playing football.
2ndYou had been playing football.You had been playing football.
3rdHe/She/It had been playing football.They had been playing football.

Past Perfect Continuous (Negative)

Formula – 2

Formula: Subject + had + not + been + Verb + ing + Object.

Chart – 2

1stI had not been playing football.We had not been playing football.
2ndYou had not been playing football.You had not been playing football.
3rdHe / She / It had not been playing football.They had not been playing football.

Past Perfect Continuous (Interrogative)

Formula – 3

Formula: Had + Subject + been + Verb + ing + Object?

Chart – 3

1stHad I been playing football?Had we been playing football?
2ndHad you been playing football?Had are been playing football?
3rdHad he/she/it been playing football?Had they been playing football?

Wh-Word Question

Formula – 4

Formula: Wh-Word + had + Subject + been + Verb + ing + Object?


  • Where had you been staying?
  • Why had the baby been crying?
  • How long had she been doing the work? 
  • What had they been watching for an hour?

Questions for information are made with the ‘Wh-word’who, which, what, why, whose, whom, how are called ‘Wh-word’.

Past Perfect Continuous (Negative-Interrogative)

Formula – 5

Formula: Had + Subject + not + been + Verb + ing + Object?

Chart – 4

1stHad I not been playing football?Had we not been playing football?
2ndHad you not been playing football?Had you not been playing football?
3rdHad he/she/it not been playing football?Had they not been playing football?

In the Negative-Interrogative sentence ‘not’ is placed before the subject noun and after the subject pronoun.


  • Had not Ravi been playing football? (Before subject noun)
  • Had he not been playing football? (After subject pronoun)

Uses: Past Perfect Continuous Tense Class 5 English Grammar

1. To indicate an action that began before a certain point of time in the past and still continued up to that time.


  • When I returned home, I found my brother had still been sleeping.
  • He had been studying when I went to his home.

2. To indicate an action in progress before sometime in the past.


  • It had been raining for two hours.
  • They had been practising soccer for one hour.

3. To come to a conclusion.


  • Soham’s eyes were red and swollen, he had been crying.

4. Uses of ‘since’ and ‘for’ are the same as shown in Present Perfect Continuous Tense.


  • Ravi had been working since morning.
  • Ankita had been performing for two hours on the stage.

‘Since’ is used to refer to Point of time. ‘For’ is used to refer to a Period of time.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense Exercises

Exercise – 1

A. Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs given in the brackets.

1. My friend and I ________ (stare) at the sea for an hour before we could see a ship.

2. The thief feared that the police ________ (watch) for him.

3. I ________ (prepare) for the exam for last three months when I received father’s letter.

4. The robbers ________ (run) away before the police arrived.

5. She gaged at him as if he ________ (go) mad.

6. Before she left the house, she wanted to be sure if she ________ (shut) the room.

7. The pilot said that he ________ (fly) this type of plane for four years.

8. When the worker ________ (finish) their work, they returned home.

9. The children felt tired as they ________ (play) for several hours.

10. She woke up at night and although she ________ (think) he ________ (lock) the door she ________ (go) downstairs to ________ (see).

Exercise – 2

B. Taking hints from the words provided, Complete the following statements in the past perfect continuous tense. One is done for you.

1. I had been giving dictation to my secretary,

(Dictation to my secretary)

2. I had been sleeping in my cabin.

(Sleep in my cabin)

3. I had been talking on phone…

(Talk on phone)

4. I had been working on computer.

(Work on computer)

5. I had been reading an important file.

(Read an important file)

6. I had been preparing a business plane

(Prepare a business plan)

6. I had been attending a meeting

(Attend a meeting)

7. I had been costing lunch in mess.

(Eating lunch in mess)

8. I had been waiting for Abr brupta

(Wait for Mr Gupta)

9. I had bun cleaning chairman’s cabin.

(Clean Chairman’s cabin)

10.He had been talking for one hour.

(Talk – one hour)

11. He had been sleeping for three hours.

(Sleep three hours)

12. He had been watching TV since noon.

(Watch TV – noon)

13. She had been reading newspaper far

(Read newspaper – 5 o’clock)

14. He had been waiting for bus for

(Wait for bus – half an hour)

16.He had been driving for an hour.

( Drive – an hour)

15. He had been swimming for two hours.

(Swim – two hours)

16. He had been repairing car since whole day.

(Repair car – whole day)

17. They had been chatting over dinner since evening

( Chat over dinner – evening)

18.He had been relaxing on beach since afternoon.

(Relax on beach – afternoon)

19. She had been celebrating with her friends since 10 o’clock.

(Celebrate with friends – 10 o’clock]

20. They had been dancing for an hour.

(Dance – an hour)

Exercise – 3

C. Read the following sentences and tick (✔) the correct options from the choices given in the boxes.

1. She had been dancing since/for the age of five.

2. They had been planning to start a dance group since/for ten years.

3. Ramit had been working in a school since/for July ’10 before leaving it for a bank job.

4. She had been learning French since/for one year.

5. I had been going to that restaurant since/for February,

6. The company had been producing good products since/for over twenty years.

7. The country had been winning the World Peace Prize since/for the last two years.

8. Manan had been decorating his room since/for two hours when his parents

Exercise – 4

D. The following sentences had one error each. Find the errors and replace them with correct words.

(a) I had been living in this hostel since three years now.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(b) She had being jogging in the park for over an hour.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(c) Rohit had been worked as a manager before he left the job.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(d) Sam has been living on a semi-solid diet before he was fully cured.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(e) Rajat was been visiting the children’s park since July.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(f) Rahul has been doing his homework for half an hour 4 when his teacher called him.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(g) Mohit has been pursuing a degree programme for six months when he got the scholarship.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(h) The detective has been observing Mohit for last Monday.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(i) He had been reading the book since two hours when someone knocked at the door.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

(j) He had been meditating for more than three hours now.

Ans : Error: _________ . Correct Words:______________

Exercise – 5

E. Complete the following passage by filling in the blanks with the Past Perfect Continuous Tense.

The Director General of Police told the press correspondents that they had arrested ten terrorists belonging to ABC group from the south zone of the city. This group __________ (prowl) in the city for four months. The members __________ (operate) at two levels. Two of them __________ (supply) milk to the army headquarters __________ (collect) information about the set up. They __________ (decode) the army secrets and __________ (send) these decoded messages to their chief. The other members __________ (supply) them sophisticated suppling tools and weapons for the purpose. They __________ (smuggle) these weapons from a neighbouring country.

Class 5 English Grammar: All Topics & Chapters👇:

Chapter 1. Parts of speech

Chapter 2. The sentence and Types

Chapter 3.  Subject and Predicate

Chapter 4. Nouns and their Types

Chapter 5. Noun and Number

Chapter 6. Noun and Gender

Chapter 7. Articles

Chapter 8. Pronouns and their Classifications

Chapter 9. Verbs and Types of Verbs  

Chapter 10. Regular Verbs Irregular Verbs List 

Chapter 11. Subject and Verb  Agreement 

Chapter 12. Simple Present Tense 

Chapter 13. Present Continuous Tense 

Chapter 14. Present Perfect Tense 

Chapter 15. Present Perfect Continuous Tense 

Chapter 16. Simple Past Tense 

Chapter 17. Past Continuous Tense 

Chapter 18. Past Perfect Tense 

Chapter 19. Past Perfect Continuous Tense 

Chapter 20. Simple Future Tense 

Chapter 21. Future Continuous Tense 

Chapter 22. Future Perfect Tense 

Chapter 23. Future Perfect Continuous Tense 

Chapter 24. Tense Exercises 

Chapter 25. Modal Verbs 

Chapter 26. Adjectives and their Types 

Chapter 27. Degree of Adjectives 

Chapter 28. Adverbs and Comparison 

Chapter 29. Prepositions and their Uses 

Chapter 30. Conjunctions 

Chapter 31. Direct and Indirect Speech 

Chapter 32. Transformation of Sentences 

Chapter 33. Punctuation