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

1 Answer
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.



past perfect
#color(white)("XXX")#It had snowed by the timne father got home from work.

past perfect continuous
#color(white)("XXX")#It had been snowing for many hours by the time father got home from work.