Past Perfect Tense

past perfect tense

What is It?

The past perfect is had + a verb in passive voice (past particle).

When to Use?



*Show how something happened before another action in the past. 1. I had never seen such a beautiful desert in Arizona before.2. Brain knew Chicago well because he had visited the city several times.
*Show how an event started in the past and continued until another event. 1. Before Liam finished his BA degree, he had been to India four times.2. My parents felt sad selling their house, as they had owned it for over 30 years.


Unlike the present perfect, the past perfect tense can use specific time words or phrases.

Example: He had visited his Hungarian relatives in 2002 before he moved to Ukraine in 2003.


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