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Is it correct to use the Past Perfect Continuous form I had never been considering

in the sentence

Before I met you, I had never been considering visiting Italy

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According to Grammarly,

The past perfect continuous tense (also known as the past perfect progressive tense) shows that an action that started in the past continued up until another time in the past

Thus, if not considering something is an action, it is correct to use the Past Perfect Continuous here, since it started before and ended at the point when the two met, which happened in the past. But it just sounds so weird...

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  • Before I met you, I had never considered visiting Italy and

  • Before I met you, I wasn't considering visiting Italy

sound far more idiomatic.

In fact, the 'I had never been V-ing' string only works, I'd say, with phase structures (the 'go shopping' structure):

  • I had never been fishing / hunting / dancing ... before I met Peter.

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