(of a tense) denoting an action completed prior to some past point of time specified or implied, formed in English by had and the past participle, as in he had gone by then; pluperfect.‘The past perfect tense effects the time shift.’
- ‘For instance, the author systematically misuses the past perfect tense and passive voice in a way that makes it impossible to understand temporal relations.’
- ‘The class was rather interesting for him, they were learning more of the present and past perfect tenses.’
The pluperfect tense.
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