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    #1

    was having vs had been having

    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    OR

    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    Would there be any difference for you as a speaker? If the second one is grammatically correct, doesn't Past Perfect suggest a longer duration?

    "The meeting is over."

    OR

    "The meeting has already come to an end."

    Would there be a noticeable difference, If some used both in conversation?

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    The subtle meanings are somewhat dependent on where, when and to whom they were spoken.

    Note that we would normally say "dinner" not "a dinner", except in special circumstances.

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    The subtle meanings are somewhat dependent on where, when and to whom they were spoken.

    Note that we would normally say "dinner" not "a dinner", except in special circumstances.

    It's not about the dinner thing. I was asking about "was having" and "had been having" used in the above given sentences. A bunch of thanks, if I get ''a tiny bit of'' advice

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I was asking about "was having" and "had been having" used in the above given sentences.
    That's what I was referring to. It depends.....

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by Koronas View Post
    That's what I was referring to. It depends.....
    "had been havig" means a longer period of time or it drastically changes the meaning?

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "had been havig" means a longer period of time or it drastically changes the meaning?
    Well?

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "had been havig" means a longer period of time or it drastically changes the meaning?
    Well?

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Take a look at the thread called Tense, started by Rita_B. The last comment was posted today by Raymott at about 10:50 a.m. I think that this may help clarify this issue for you.

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Take a look at the thread called Tense, started by Rita_B. The last comment was posted today by Raymott at about 10:50 a.m. I think that this may help clarify this issue for you.
    I've taken a look at the thread.

    So I take it, If there is no other context given it's better to use Past Perfect Profressive with "when,before"sentences in order to emphasize the duration and action?

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    Re: was having vs had been having

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He said that he was having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    OR

    "He said that he had been having a dinner when we gave him a call."

    Would there be any difference for you as a speaker? If the second one is grammatically correct, doesn't Past Perfect suggest a longer duration?

    "The meeting is over."

    OR

    "The meeting has already come to an end."

    Would there be a noticeable difference, If some used both in conversation?
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) IF I understand the matter correctly, there is a difference

    between the past progressive and past perfect progressive.

    (a) "He was having dinner when we called."

    =
    We called at 7 o'clock; he was still eating dinner (he had started to

    eat at 6:55).

    (b) "He had been eating dinner when we called."

    =

    (a) he was still eating dinner.

    or

    (b) he had just finished.

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