(Of a tense) denoting an action completed prior to some past point of time specified or implied, formed in English by had and the past participle, as in he had gone by then.
- The past perfect tense effects the time shift.
- For instance, the author systematically misuses the past perfect tense and passive voice in a way that makes it impossible to understand temporal relations.
- The class was rather interesting for him, they were learning more of the present and past perfect tenses.
The past perfect tense.
- I mean experiments with stuff, with voices, tenses, the ablative, the past perfect.
- This passage gestures towards both the past perfect, and future tenses, situating the term ‘habits’ between them in a manner suggesting mediation.
- Use of present perfect for simple past (I have seen her yesterday I saw her yesterday) and past perfect for present perfect (He had already gone home He has already gone home).
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Syllabification: past per·fect
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