'She was planning' vs 'She had been planning'


I just took this sentence from ESL test. Shouldn’t it be “she had been planning this trip…”. Or are both forms correct? Please shed some light on the difference!


Hi Tom

Native speakers don’t like using (and don’t use) the past perfect very much, and usually it’s not actually needed in order to understand the sentence. But, you’re right: This particular sentence would be a good candidate for the past perfect continuous.


Hi Tom,

As Amy mentioned earlier, it’s better if you simply click on “Do you have a question” or “Click for explanation” next to each question:
english-test.net/esl/learn/e … .php#three

That’s the entire idea of this forum:

PS: I agree with Amy and we’ll make the changes.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: A delivery truck[YSaerTTEW443543]