Conjugation & verb forms of the past conditional continuous
(Formation of the progressive aspect of the conditional perfect mood in English)
Table of contents – past conditional progressive
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Formation of the past conditional continuous
The past conditional continuous consists of the three auxiliary verbs ‘would’ + ‘have’ + ‘been’ and the progressive form (ing-form / present participle) of the corresponding main verb. It frequently occurs as part of the third conditional sentence (if-clause type 3). Compare these example sentences and the following table illustrating the verb forms:
- Examples of the past conditional continuous in third conditional sentences:
- “If she hadn’t wanted to do all by herself, her brother would have been helping her with her homework.”
- “They would have been lying on the beach if they hadn’t cancelled their holiday.”
Verb forms of the past conditional continuous
Example verb: ‘to eat’
|Person/pronoun||Positive||Short form||Interrogative form||Short form of question|
|I||You would have been eating.||You would’ve been eating.
You’d have been eating.
|Would you have been eating?||–|
|Person/pronoun||Negative||Short form||Interrogative form||Short form of question|
|I||I would not have been eating.||I wouldn’t have been eating.
I’d not have been eating.*
|Would I not have been eating?||Wouldn’t I have been eating?|
* This form is not as common as the other one.
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