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Be, Do and Have in the Past Perfect Continuous

How to use special verbs in Past Perfect Continuous

1. be as a main verb

Pronouns Affirmative sentences Negative sentences Questions
I, he, she, it, we, you, they They had been being nice. They had not been being nice. Had they been being nice?

2. do as a main verb

Pronouns Affirmative sentences Negative sentences Questions
I, he, she, it, we, you, they She had been doing the work. She had not been doing work. Had she been doing the work?

3. have as a main verb

Pronouns Affirmative sentences Negative sentences Questions
I, he, she, it, we, you, they He had been having a sleep. He had not been having a sleep. Had he been having a sleep?

► We sometimes use short/contracted forms for had with affirmative or negative sentences.