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    What tense should I use?

    It had been raining two days running or it was raining two days running.

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    It had been raining two days running or it was raining two days running.

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    It could depend on context, but I would prefer "It had been raining..."

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It could depend on context, but I would prefer "It had been raining..."
    Could you explain me the difference between the past perfect continuous and the past continuous. If you can, use this example with rain, please.

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    Could you explain me the difference between the past perfect continuous and the past continuous. If you can, use this example with rain, please.
    It was raining when we arrived in London, it had been raining for two days running.

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    By the way, is it necessary to put the preposition for in this sentence?

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Quote Originally Posted by usignolo View Post
    By the way, is it necessary to put the preposition for in this sentence?
    I think so yes, some may disagree.

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    Re: What tense should I use?

    Thanks again.

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