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past perfect tense

The past perfect tense expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past.
To form the past perfect tense, we use had (the past tense of the auxiliary verb have) + the past participle of the main verb.
Because we use the past perfect to highlight two separate points in the past, we often use the conjunctions before, when, because, until, or by the time to specify the order in which they occurred in time.
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past perfect

past perfect

adj
(Grammar) denoting a tense of verbs used in relating past events where the action had already occurred at the time of the action of a main verb that is itself in a past tense. In English this is a compound tense formed with had plus the past participle
n
(Grammar)
a. the past perfect tense
b. a verb in this tense

past′ per′fect



adj.
1. pertaining to or being a verb tense or form indicating that the action or state expressed by the verb was completed prior to a point of reference in the past or that it extended up to or had results continuing up to that point, and consisting in English of had followed by a past participle, as had seen in I had never seen anything like it.
n.
2. the past perfect tense.
3. a form in this tense.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.past perfect - a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past; "`I had finished' is an example of the past perfect"
perfect, perfect tense, perfective, perfective tense - a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
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Give me the verb `to be,' potential mood, past perfect tense.
The subjunctive mood, past perfect tense of the verb `to know.
He longed neither for a philosophic race of kings, nor an illusory past perfect.
If you go through and do a lot of verb conjugations and you're really good at putting verbs into the past perfect tense," Nielson says, "it doesn't mean if you want to have a conversation with someone, that you're going to use the past perfect tense appropriately.
Insurers need to get past perfect and focus on good enough.
8221; - Susan Isaacs, author of Past Perfect, Any Place to Hang My Hat, and Compromising Positions
For example, a review of the past perfect accompanies the narrative essay; a comparison and contrast essay is accompanied by exercises on subordinators and transitions of comparison and contrast.
Following the success of the Past Perfect course, which ran at Woodhorn Museum near Ashington in the autumn, Dr Barbara Henderson will be back to run it again later this month.
Lennon said the commission is using state-of-the-art exhibition software, known as Past Perfect, to input objects and archive material so it is "searchable and accessible.
Having spent my entire professional life working in and traveling to art museums across the United States and Europe, I am intrigued by the subject of Jason Larkin's Past Perfect photographs," explains Farnsworth Museum Curator, Michael K.
According to the logic of disegno, a painting was always complete and therefore only ever existed in the past perfect.
The past perfect is a combination of perfect aspectual marker -je with the past tense marker.