Examples of
Past Perfect Progressive Tense


The following examples of Past Perfect Progressive tense will help you understand and use this tense properly and naturally.

Examples of English Tenses

Before reading through, make sure you are familiar with the usage and rules of this tense – visit the Past Perfect Progressive page.

Note: the Past Perfect Progressive verbs are italics.

And now, let the examples begin!

Past Perfect Progressive Tense Example Sentences

An action that started in the past, and continued up until another time or action in the past:

They had been flying for eight hours before they finally reached New York.

We had been struggling for several years before the business finally took off.

He wasn't hungry because had had been eating all day long.

He had been partying all night, so he fell asleep in class.

You had been sitting there for more than an hour before he arrived.

Janet had been working there for almost a year when they fired her.

We were thirsty because we had been working out outside in the heat.

Luke gained weight because he had been eating pizza three times a day.



The above examples are here to help you understand and use this tense properly and naturally.

You should also get familiar with its usage and rules – visit the Past Perfect Progressive page to help you with that.

For exercises visit the Past Perfect Progressive Exercises.

Check out the other tenses:

Simple Present

Simple Past

Simple Future

Present Progressive


Past Progressive


Future Progressive


Present Perfect


Past Perfect


Future Perfect


Present Perfect Progressive


Past Perfect Progressive


Future Perfect Progressive

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