Past Participle Progressive

If we say this sentence:

At 10:00 last night, it had been raining for an hour

What does it mean, does it mean that it started raining before 10:00 and it continued raining after 10:00 or it means that it started raining at 10:00 and continued to raining for an hour?

Do we call it finished action or unfinished action?

Apr 7, 2018 6:12 AM
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It means it started  raining around 9:00, and by 10:00 it was still raining. Had been is used to describe an ongoing action in the past that started even further in the past.
April 7, 2018
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