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Past Perfect Tense - Glossary of Terms


Past Perfect Tense

Verbs describing actions that took place in the past are said to be in the past tense.  The past perfect tense is used to emphasise that an action which took place in the past was completed (usually before another took place).

Examples:

Silverfinger had taken the pill before the team reached him.
The weather changed, but the team had planned its next move.

The past perfect tense is one for four past tenses.  They are:
 
The 4 Past Tenses Example
simple past tense I went
past progressive tense I was going
past perfect tense I had gone
past perfect progressive tense I had been going
 
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