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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

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, they I had been playing Id been playing
you had been playing youd been playing
he had been playing hed been playing
we had been playing wed been playing

2. Negative forms

Pronouns Long forms Contracted forms
I, he, she, it, we, you, they I had not been playing Id not been playing
I hadn’t been playing
you had not been playing youd not been playing
you hadn’t been playing
he had not been playing hed not been playing
he hadn’t been playing
they had not been playing theyd not been playing
they hadn’t been playing