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    18) Expensive than gold

    18) Expensive than gold

    I had been having a nightingale which has a long beautiful tail. I put it in my room in a gold cage. It had been singing everyday with delightful song. I wasn’t refusing it from food or drink. It escape from me without any reason, and said to me “my freedom isn’t sold with money”.

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    Re: 18) Expensive than gold

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    18) Expensive than gold

    I had been having a nightingale which has a long beautiful tail. I put it in my room in a gold cage. It had been singing everyday with delightful song. I wasn’t refusing it from food or drink. It escape from me without any reason, and said to me “my freedom isn’t sold with money”.
    Is this an exercise in the past continuous? If not, I can see no reason why "I had been having a nightingale" would ever be necessary as it's not a natural sentence. You either have a nightingale, or you have/had/had had a nightingale.

    We rarely use "to be" or "to have" in the continuous - note, rarely, not never!

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    Re: 18) Expensive than gold

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    18) Expensive than gold

    I had been having a nightingale which has a long beautiful tail. I put it in my room in a gold cage. It had been singing everyday with delightful song. I wasn’t refusing it from food or drink. It escape from me without any reason, and said to me “my freedom isn’t sold with money”.
    I used to have a nightingale which had a long beautiful tail. I put it in my room in a gold cage. It sang every day with delightful song and I didn’t refuse it food or drink. It escaped from me without any reason, and said to me “My freedom isn’t bought with money”.

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    Re: 18) Expensive than gold

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Is this an exercise in the past continuous? If not, I can see no reason why "I had been having a nightingale" would ever be necessary as it's not a natural sentence. You either have a nightingale, or you have/had/had had a nightingale.

    We rarely use "to be" or "to have" in the continuous - note, rarely, not never!
    It is a story in my book. So the owner of the nightingale was talking about something that happen long time ago. So I think that “had been” is used when talking about something happened long time ago. Am I wrong?

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    Re: 18) Expensive than gold

    Quote Originally Posted by atchan View Post
    It is a story in my book. So the owner of the nightingale was talking about something that happen long time ago. So I think that “had been” is used when talking about something happened long time ago. Am I wrong?
    Yes, but "had been" is only relevant to the verb "to be". The verb for owning a pet is "to have" so "had/have had/had had" would be the relevant past tense forms, depending on context.

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    Thank you emsr2d2 and bhaisahab. My best teachers.

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