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Tense: Past Perfect Continuous

The right answer is (d) Past Perfect Continuous

Past Perfect Continuous represents an action that began before a certain point in the past and continued up to that time.

Other uses:

  1. Showing cause of an action or situation
  2. Third conditional sentences
  3. Reported speech

The past perfect continuous is composed of two elements – the past perfect of the verb to be (=had been) + the present participle (base+ing).

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