What is the difference between past perfect tense and past perfect continuous tense?

1 Answer
Mar 4, 2016

See explanation.


The difference between Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous is simmilar to this between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous.

The continuous tense is used to emphasize the duration of one of the events. For example:

When I woke up yesterday the ground was wet. In the night it had been raining for three hours.

The continuous form had been raining suggests the duration of the rain.