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past perfect

noun, Grammar
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • The past perfect tense represents action that occurs before another past action.
British Dictionary definitions for past perfect

past perfect

adjective
1.
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
noun
2.
  1. the past perfect tense
  2. a verb in this tense
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