Past Perfect for intermediate learners

This tense is an advance tense and we use it to talk about the past in a lot of interesting ways, and you’ll see what they are. So are you ready? Let’s start.

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"Past Perfect" Tense in English Grammar

What Is Past Perfect?

To learn past perfect all you have to do is to consider two events that one of them happened sooner than the other. Both of the events are in the past.

What Is the Structure?

The structure to make a sentence in the past perfect form is:

They had studied English before studying French.

He had drunk his tea when I got there.

Why Do We Use Past Perfect?

The past perfect tense is used to talk about an event that happened at a time before the occurrence of another event.

He had talked to me about his decision and I accepted it.

In this example, he talked about his decision first and then she/he accepted it.

I had finished my essay before getting out for the party.

Negation

To negate a sentence in the past perfect tense, all you have to do is to use the following structure:

Here are a few examples:

They hadn't had dinner up to the time I got there.

I hadn't talked about it since he opened it up himself.

Question Form

To make an interrogative sentence you have to use the verb 'had' at the beginning of the sentence. Here are a few examples:

Had you been in Korea?

Had he started the fight?

Review

The past perfect tense is used to talk about a past event that happened sooner than another past event. Here is the structure:

  • subject + had + past participle

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