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My hair was wet. I ______ in the rain. Which should I put in ? [had been walking] or [had walking] and why ? just I don't see any differences between both options.

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    Had walking is wrong in this construction. But you could used had walked without a problem. – Jason Bassford Nov 25 '18 at 15:23
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    The difference between the options is that one is English and the other is gibberish. Had walking does not exist as a verbal construction in English in any context at all. This is very basic English morphology which can be looked up in any basic English grammar. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 25 '18 at 15:40
  • Ditto.  But you might be able to use "was walking, especially if you switch the order of the sentences ("I was walking in the rain. My hair was wet.") – Scott Dec 26 '18 at 4:51
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The only possible form is 'had been walking'. It is Past Perfect Continuous Tense, which is used to describe a process completed or not completed before a certain past moment. The result of this process is in the first sentence / 'wet hair'/. The other form /had walking/ is grammatically wrong.

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