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    It had been raining

    Hello,

    I am trying to understand the past perfect continuous tense by using it in the same sentence with the past continuous tense.

    When I woke up at 6 O'clock, my bed was wet. I guess it had been raining because at 5 O'clock, it was raining.

    Do I need comma before 'it'?
    Have I used 'had been raining' correctly?

    Your continuous guidance and support mean a lot to me, and thank you for putting up with me..
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    Re: It had been raining

    If you had stopped creating your sentences right before 'because', then it's a good piece of text you've come up with, I must say:
    When I woke up at 6 o'clock, my bed was wet. I guess it had been raining. (because at 5 O'clock, it was raining - this is the unnecessary part)

    Another alternative could be this:
    When I woke up at 6 o'clock, my bed was wet. I guess at 5 o'clock it was raining.

    Guessing apart, you could say something like this:
    When I woke up at 6 o'clock, my bed was wet. At 5 o'clock it was raining. I know that for sure.

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    Re: It had been raining

    Remember that we don't capitalise the "o" in "o'clock".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It had been raining

    Yesterday morning I woke up and looked out of the window.
    The sun was shining, but the ground was wet.
    It had been raining.

    If the sun was shining and the speaker does not expect it to rain again any time soon, why not simply say,' It had rained'.
    Wet ground is the evidence of rain.
    I want to know if such usage is ungrammatical,unnatural or illogical.

    Thank you for your time and help. I am extremely grateful for your continuous consideration.

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    Re: It had been raining

    Both are correct.
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