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    Past Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous

    Could I say "If I had been 'verb-ing'" even the verb has its own past participle?

    "If I had been been knowing you were coming, I would have baked a cake for you."
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    "If I had known you were coming, I would have baked a cake for you."

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous

    Hello, Checkmate.
    Your first version doesn't work, because the verb 'know' is not used in the progressive form.
    I hope my response will be of some help to you.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, Checkmate.
    Your first version doesn't work, because the verb 'know' is not used in the progressive form.
    I hope my response will be of some help to you.
    Yea, I found it doesn't make sense after I changed it to present perfect:

    "I have been knowing you since you kid"

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    Could I say "If I had been 'verb-ing'" even the verb has its own past participle?
    'If I had been working hard, I would have had an opportunity for promotion.'
    Does this example make sense?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: Past Perfect Tense vs Past Perfect Continuous

    "If I had worked..." is much more natural.

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