past future perfect

adjective

Definition of past future perfect

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with would have or should have and denotes an action or state completed at a time formerly in prospect (as would have finished in “on Monday I saw that by Friday he would have finished”)

past future perfect

noun

Definition of past future perfect (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the past future perfect tense of a language
2 : a verb form in the past future perfect tense

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“Past future perfect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/past%20future%20perfect. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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