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    Past perfect continuous vs past continuous/past perfect

    Hi!


    Would anyone be able to help me out on the differences in the below sentences?


    1. It had been snowing when I built a snowman.
    2. It was snowing when I built a snowman.




    3. It had been snowing.
    4. It had snowed.




    Thank you :)

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    Re: Past perfect continuous vs past continuous/past perfect

    1 means it had already been snowing for a period of time when the speaker built a snowman.
    2 means it was snowing at the time when the speaker built a snowman.

    I think the past perfect is not needed in 3 and 4 because 'You need some other act in the past to use the past perfect'── quoted from https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...86#post1042786

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