July 15, 2012

Past Perfect Continuous

The past perfect continuous form of a verb in Hindi is as follows: [imperfective participle of the main verb] [रहा/रही/रहे] [past tense form of होना]

Example: मैं तीन घंटे चलता रहा था – “I had been walking for three hours”.

Please note that this is a rare verb form. Instead, it is more idiomatic to use the past continuous verb form: मैं तीन घंटे तक चल रहा था.

The imperfective participle agrees with the subject in gender and number. The form of रहा agrees with the subject in gender and number. The past tense form of होना agrees with the subject in number and gender.

Pronoun Masculine Form Feminine Form
मैं चलता रहा था चलती रही थी
हम चलते रहे थे चलती रही थीं
आप चलते रहे थे चलती रही थीं
तुम चलते रहे थे चलती रही थी
तू चलता रहा था चलती रही थी
यह/वह चलता रहा था चलती रही थी
ये/वे चलते रहे थे चलती रही थीं