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    #1

    Was/Had been....for.

    I know we say 'have been...for/since' when the action is still going on. But when the action is over do we say 'I was...for/since'.

    Context- I was craving biriyani and finally had some and posted on social media. Should the caption be:

    "I was craving biriyani for the past few days." since I had biriyani and am not craving it anymore.
    Or does the following sound better:

    "I had been craving biriyani for the past few days."

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    #2

    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post

    "I was craving biriyani for the past few days."

    "I had been craving biriyani for the past few days."

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    #3

    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Before "for the past few days", I would expect "I have been craving ...".
    After "I had been craving", I would expect "for the previous few days".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Thanks a lot for the help. So is 'I was.....since/for' always incorrect?
    Should it always be wither 'had/have been...since/for?'

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    #5

    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    So is 'I was.....since/for' always incorrect?
    With for, no, but with since, yes.

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    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    With for, no, but with since, yes.
    So that means it's correct to say- "I was craving biriyani for the past few days."

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    #7

    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    No. Jutfrank merely noted that 'I was.....since/for' was not always incorrect. He was not saying that it was correct in your sentence.
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    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Jutfrank merely noted that 'I was.....since/for' was not always incorrect. He was not saying that it was correct in your sentence.
    So it should be either "I have/had been craving biriyani for/since....." depending on the what I want to express.
    It would really help me to know when it's correct to use'I was.....since/for.'

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    #9

    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    You can use for but not since in past continuous sentences:

    I was craving biriyani for several days.
    I was craving biriyani since the weekend.

    But in present/past perfect sentences, you can use both for (to give a duration) and since (to give a point in time when the action started):

    I've been craving biriyani for several days.
    I'd been craving biriyani for several days.

    I've been craving biriyani since the weekend.
    I'd been craving biriyain since the weekend.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 09-Apr-2020 at 13:28.

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    Re: Was/Had been....for.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    You can use for but not since in past continuous sentences:

    I was craving biriyani for several days.
    I was craving biriyani since the weekend.

    But in present/past perfect sentences, you can use both for (to give a duration) and since (to give a point in time when the action started):

    I've been craving biriyani for several days.
    I'd been craving biriyani for several days.

    I've been craving biriyani since the weekend.
    I'd been craving biriyain since the weekend.
    Thank you very much. That was a very helpful answer.
    So in my original context since I already had biriyani and not craving it anymore, both of the following should be correct:
    "I had been craving biriyani for the past few days."
    "I was craving biriyani for the past few days."

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