Past perfect

As you have already understood, in English there are many grammatical tenses, and past ones as well. The tense that a speaker chooses to describe events influences how he or she will be understood.

In this article, we are going to discuss such topic as Past perfect tense.

It refers to complex tenses and consists of several parts, namely the auxiliary verb had, which is used for all persons, and the verb of action is always in the third form or with the ending -ed.

We had left the party before it finished.

She had read the book first.

In the negative form of the Past perfect, the particle not appears after the auxiliary verb had.

I had not called you.

They had not changed their place of living.

To ask a question in Past perfect, the auxiliary verb had has to be placed at the beginning of the sentence.

Had you seen her before?

What had he found?

Past perfect is used to describe an action or event in the past that occurred before another action in the past. This tense should only be used when it is really important to emphasize that one action was before the other. You do not need to use it only to describe a very old event. Like Present perfect, past perfect tense has its own words-markers, which are before and after.

Of course, I had called her before I went to see her.

We went to the cinema after we had walked a bit.

So be sure, teachers make you learn an incredible amount of tenses not because they are mean, but in order to help you be understood.

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