past perfect

noun Grammar.

Origin:
1885–90

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past perfect
 
adj
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
 
n
2.  a.  the past perfect tense
 b.  a verb in this tense

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The past perfect tense represents action that occurs before another past action.
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