the past perfect

Definition of the past perfect

grammar

  1. :  the form of the verb that is used in referring to an action that was completed by a particular time in the past The past perfect in English is formed by using had and the past participle of a verb, as in “She had visited there once before.”

Word by Word Definitions

pastplay
  1. :  ago

    :  just gone or elapsed

    :  having existed or taken place in a period before the present :  bygone

  1. :  beyond the age for or of

    :  after

    :  at the farther side of :  beyond

  1. :  time gone by

    :  something that happened or was done in the past

    :  the past tense of a language

  1. :  so as to reach and go beyond a point near at hand

perfectplay
  1. :  being entirely without fault or defect :  flawless

    :  satisfying all requirements :  accurate

    :  corresponding to an ideal standard or abstract concept

  1. :  to bring to final form

    :  to make perfect :  improve, refine

  1. :  the perfect tense of a language

    :  a verb form in the perfect tense


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