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    #1

    He had been swimming in the swimming pool

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    A) He had been swimming in the swimming pool for an hour.
    B) I had been teaching English since 2015.
    C) A stranger had been knocking at the door for 10 minutes.

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    Re: He had been swimming in the swimming pool

    They are correct if context gives you a reason for the past perfect. Given that it's only 2016 now, The second seems unlikely as a stand-alone sentence.

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    Re: He had been swimming in the swimming pool

    Right. As Piscean says, B would only make sense in the present perfect: "I HAVE been teaching since 2015." After all, it's only 2016!

    The others are fine if you're not swimming anymore and the stranger isn't knocking anymore.

    We would usually say:

    - He had been swimming in the pool for an hour.
    - He had been in the swimming pool for an hour.
    - He had been swimming for an hour.
    - He had been in the pool for an hour.

    But probably not:

    - He had been swimming in the swimming pool for an hour.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 28-May-2016 at 16:42.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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