past perfect

adjective

Definition of past perfect

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with had and denotes an action or state as completed at or before a past time spoken of

Other Words from past perfect

past perfect noun

First Known Use of past perfect

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Past perfect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/past%20perfect. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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