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    lrk2006 is offline Newbie
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    Default still in progress!

    in past perfect progressive,

    is the action still in progress (in the past) when the second action takes place (in the past)

    "It had been raining for two minutes when i gave her my umbrella."


    so when i handed her my umbrella, was it still raining then ?



    (i know that in present perfect tense, the job is still in progress from a specific period of time)



    Tenses tense. . .

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    Default Re: still in progress!

    Quote Originally Posted by lrk2006 View Post
    in past perfect progressive,

    is the action still in progress (in the past) when the second action takes place (in the past)

    "It had been raining for two minutes when i gave her my umbrella."


    so when i handed her my umbrella, was it still raining then ?

    It almost certainly pretty much does, Irk. But it doesn't mean that the action has to continue past that point.

    "It had been raining for two minutes when I gave her my umbrella. Just as she touched it, the rain stopped."

    She had been bouncing on the trampoline when lightning struck her.

    She had been dancing when I walked into the room.


    (i know that in present perfect tense, the job is still in progress from a specific period of time)

    This isn't necessarily true, Irk.

    "I've been working on it all afternoon"

    could be said by a person who has completed/completed the job some time before, eg one hour before.

    A: So you're finished, eh. Good work, Smedley.

    B:Thank you Sir. I've been working on it all afternoon.


    Tenses tense. . .
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