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past perfect

noun, Grammar.
Origin of past perfect
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She is just past-perfect as a chaperone and she said that she thought a party of four girls would be ideal.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
British Dictionary definitions for past-perfect

past perfect

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