The Past Tenses - Past Perfect Continuous - Structure and Usages


This video is part of our series on the past tenses in English. In this video, we take a look at the past perfect continuous tense. This tense is used to talk about two actions in the past focusing on the fact that one of the two actions had been continuing at another point in the past.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

I never realized that present simple was considered a future tense. This course breaks down the tenses into manageable portions and states the usages simply and clearly, but some of the exercises seemed like they would confuse a new learner. Especially using past historical events to narrate in the future, when there are, technically, seven different ways to use the future tense. Maybe more advanced learners would be able to talk about past events and then translate that forward to future, but even then tenses can be confusing.