We use the past perfect continuous to talk about actions or situations that were in progress before some other actions or situations.
We use past perfect continuous in these cases:
I had been dating with him for two years before we broke up.
He had been working at that company for three years before we met.
How long had you been waiting for the bus?
Kate was tired because she had been exercising.
He failed the final test because he had not been studying.
The grass was wet because it had been raining.
Subject + had + been + verb in Ing
I had been studying.
Subject + had not / hadn’t + been +verb in Ing
You hadn’t been eating.
Had + subject + been +verb in Ing ?
Had they been running?
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