Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense is the second of the difficult tenses in English, and it’s used to talk about the past of the past! It’s a little difficult to understand so my goal here is to break it down and give a simple introduction.

The Basics

Past Perfect

Subject + Had + Past Participle Verb (3rd Verb)

I had eaten soup

Past perfect is used with past simple to express something that happened before the past simple.

I arrived after he had left.

He left first, then I arrived (both in the past)

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