# How are past perfect and past perfect continuous used in normal conversational English?

Dec 15, 2016

past perfect is used to indicate an action completed in the past before some other action.
past perfect continuous is used to to indicate a continuous or repeated action in the past that occurred before some other action.

#### Explanation:

Examples:

past perfect
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}}$It had snowed by the timne father got home from work.

past perfect continuous
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX}}$It had been snowing for many hours by the time father got home from work.