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# Query on Tenses

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19 Jan 2012, 05:17
Hi All,

Am just not able to understand the diffreence between progressive and perfect progressive tenses
Could any body please throw some light on how and when to apply these. Thanks
If you have any questions
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19 Jan 2012, 09:19
Being a little more specific would help people to understand your doubt.
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19 Jan 2012, 22:57
for example:
past cont - he was eating when I arrived
past perfect cont - he had been eating when i arrived

in both cases the even started and continued when the second event happened.so how to distinguish when to use which ?

Also,isnt HAD BEEN past progressive and not past perfect?
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21 Jan 2012, 19:04
devinawilliam83 wrote:
for example:
past cont - he was eating when I arrived
past perfect cont - he had been eating when i arrived

in both cases the even started and continued when the second event happened.so how to distinguish when to use which ?

Also,isnt HAD BEEN past progressive and not past perfect?

Not quite - your 2nd statement (he had been eating) isn't quite correct grammatically. Basically, the difference is that past progressive tense refers to 2 actions happening at the same time, while past perfect progressive tense refers to 1 action happening before the other one. Here are some examples:

1) I was sad when my pet hamster died.
2) I had been sad until I got a new pet hamster.

The difference:

1) "Sad" and "pet hamster died" happened at the same time.
2) "Sad" happened before "I got a new pet hamster".

Hope this makes sense.
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22 Jan 2012, 10:01
devinawilliam83 wrote:
for example:
past cont - he was eating when I arrived
past perfect cont - he had been eating when i arrived

Also,isnt HAD BEEN past progressive and not past perfect?

had been eating - is past perfect continuous.
He had eaten when I arrived - is past p[erfect, which in this case makes more sense.
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