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    Past perfect continious

    I've read some topic-related stuff but still stay confused. What I have to do is translate two sentences, so no context is available. What I've translated so far is the following:
    At that moment a matter of great importance was being discussed and everyone was listening carefully. It had been being discussed for more than 2 hours.

    Is that correct?

    And could it be said (or at least understood):
    At that moment a matter of great importance was being discussed and everyone was listening carefully. It was being discussed for more than 2 hours.

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    #2

    Re: Past perfect continious

    "Under discussion" is better than "being discussed."

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    For me, "at that moment" doesn't match "for more than two hours".

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, "at that moment" doesn't match "for more than two hours".
    the following should be correct then, I guess:
    A matter of great importance was being discussed and everyone was listening carefully. It had been being discussed for more than 2 hours.
    Last edited by 4elsik; 02-Apr-2015 at 12:45.

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For me, "at that moment" doesn't match "for more than two hours".
    But is it necessary for them to match? They are used in different sentences.

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    Quote Originally Posted by 4elsik View Post
    the following should be correct then, I guess:
    A matter of great importance was being discussed and everyone was listening carefully. It had been being discussed for more than 2 hours.
    Yes, that is better.

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    Matthew, logically, it does matter.

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    "At that moment a matter of great importance had been discussed and everyone had been listening carefully. It had been discussed for more than 2 hours."
    That is the past perfect continuous tense of your title, if that's what you need to do. It's not a translation; it's a transformation from one tense to another. However, transforming it into the past perfect tense results in very unlikely sentences.

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    Re: Past perfect continious

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Matthew, logically, it does matter.
    If the original contained something illogical, would it be acceptable to keep it in the translation?
    The OP's sentences are translation.
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    Re: Past perfect continious

    I really can't speak to that.

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