Definition of past perfect in English:

past perfect

adjective

Grammar
  • (of a tense) denoting an action completed prior to some past point of time specified or implied, formed in English by had and the past participle, as in he had gone by then; pluperfect.

    • ‘The class was rather interesting for him, they were learning more of the present and past perfect tenses.’
    • ‘For instance, the author systematically misuses the past perfect tense and passive voice in a way that makes it impossible to understand temporal relations.’
    • ‘The past perfect tense effects the time shift.’

noun

Grammar
  • The pluperfect tense.

Pronunciation:

past perfect

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