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Past and future
The past perfect tense vs. The past perfect continuous
The past perfect is used to show that an action or event in the past took place ( or didn't take place) before another action/point of time in the past.
Form: Had + verb in the past participle
The past perfect continuous form indicates that a process/activity was ( or wasn't ) taking place before something else happened in the past.
Form : Had+ been + Verb + ing
Future perfect simple vs. Future perfect continuous
We use the future perfect simple, when we want to speak about a process or activity or event completed at or done before a particular time in the future.
Form: Will + have + verb in the past participle
We use the future perfect continuous, if we want to stress the continuity of the future event.
Form: Will + Have + Been + Verb + ing
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