had been dying
-había estado muriendo
Past perfect progressiveconjugation ofdie. There are other translations for this conjugation.

die

Although they had been dying by the thousands in wars launched by the United States to defend itself and democracy worldwide, Puerto Ricans lacked representation in the United States Congress or Senate.
Aunque vienen muriendo por millares en guerras que emprenden los Estados Unidos en defensa propia y de la democracia del mundo entero, los puertorriqueños no están representados en la Cámara de Diputados ni en el Senado estadounidenses.
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