(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.
More example sentences
- This, in effect, is what the pluperfect tense achieves when we say something like ‘John had already eaten when Mary arrived’, meaning that his eating was already past when the past event of Mary's arrival occurred.
- You started with the present tense, you then went to the past tense and now you have gone to the pluperfect past tense.
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Definition of pluperfect in:
- The US English dictionary