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Short and long forms in the Past Perfect Continuous

How to use short and long forms with the Past Perfect Continuous

We often use short forms of auxiliaries in spoken English. The Past Perfect Continuous is formed with the auxiliary had.

1. Affirmative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyI had been playingId been playing
you had been playingyoud been playing
he had been playinghed been playing
we had been playingwed been playing

2. Negative forms

PronounsLong formsContracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyI had not been playingId not been playing
I hadn’t been playing
you had not been playingyoud not been playing
you hadn’t been playing
he had not been playinghed not been playing
he hadn’t been playing
they had not been playingtheyd not been playing
they hadn’t been playing