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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

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyThey had been being nice.They had not been being nice.Had they been being nice?

2. do as a main verb

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyShe had been doing the work.She had not been doing work.Had she been doing the work?

3. have as a main verb

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyHe 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.