Past Perfect Continuous Tense – Reported Speech Examples and Exercises (Direct and Indirect Speech)

We are going to learn about reported speech (direct and indirect speech) of Past Perfect Continuous Tense. We will learn in this lesson about how to solve such questions, we will see examples and solve an exercise for better understanding. Let’s start

Past Perfect Continuous Reported Speech

Past perfect continuous tense shows that work had been done for a while in past and while interpreting it into indirect speech is bit tricky. Let’s learn how to solve such questions:

How to Solve:

Let’s start with an example:

He said, “I had been going to Paris for five years”

While converting to Indirect we will take care of following things only.

1. Replace comma and quotation marks with that

Sentence will look like:

He said that I had been going to Paris for five years. (Where colored part is solved)

2. Change pronouns of Reported Speech

Sentence will look like:

He said that he had been going to Paris for five years.

3. No Change to Tense and Structure of sentence

As sentence Structure or tense will not be changed so finally solved sentence will be:

He said that he had been going to Paris for Five years.

Now Let’s have a look at more examples

Examples

Here are few examples of Past Perfect Continuous Tense:

  • Direct : I said, “I had been studying since childhood”
  • Indirect: I said that I had been studying since childhood.
  • Direct : You said, “They had been running for one hour”
  • Indirect : You said that they had been running for one hour.
  • Direct : We said, ” None of us had been studying during vacations”
  • Indirect: We said that none of us had been studying during vacations
  • Direct: He said, “I had been playing guitar for 9 years”
  • Indirect : He said that he had been playing guitar for 9 years

Conclusion

Past perfect continuous tense when converted into indirect speech doesn’t change its tense all other rules are applied.

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