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PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS


(MAI-MULT-CA-PERFECTUL CONTINUU)
Exprim:
1) o aciune trecut, de lung durat sau cu desfurare nentrerupt, care s-a
oprit ntr-un moment precizat din trecut, sau nainte ca o alt aciune trecut
s nceap;
e.g. By 9 p.m. I had been watching TV for 6 hours.
By the time I fell asleep I had been watching TV for 6 hours.
2) o aciune past tense continuous sau present perfect continuous care intr
n vorbire indirect i se subordoneaz unui timp trecut.
e.g. The child was playing. devine:
He said that the child had been playing.
I have been waiting for a bus. devine:
He said that he had been waiting for a bus.
n ceea ce privete formula de construcie a acestui timp verbal, ea const n:
AFIRMATIV
SUBIECT + HAD BEEN + VB-ing
e.g. You had been overspeeding (when the policeman stopped
you).
INTEROGATIV (inversarea subiectului cu verbul auxiliar)
e.g. Had he been waiting long (when you got there)?
NEGATIV (adugarea adverbului negativ not dup primul verb auxiliar)
e.g. He hadnt been sleeping long (when he suddenly got up).