Notes On Past Perfect Tense - usage - CBSE Class 6 English Grammar
The Past Perfect Tense The past perfect tense is most often used for the following: - For actions that happened before a past event - In reported speech - In if (conditional) sentences How to form the past perfect  For actions that happened before a past event When we want to talk about an action that happened before a past event, we often use the past perfect. Look at these examples: When I got home yesterday, my father had already cooked dinner. I didn't want to go to the movies with my friends because I had seen the film already. Notice how often words like already, just, never etc. are used with the past perfect. In reported speech  when we report people's words or thoughts .., as in the following examples: John said that he had never eaten sushi before. She told me that she had finished, but I knew she had not. She wondered why he had been so unkind to her.. In if (conditional) sentences The past perfect tense is used in unreal or hypothetical stituations, as in the following sentences: If I had known you were in Frankfurt, I would have called you. (but I didn't know you were here so I didn't call you!) If I had had enough money, I would have bought you a better present. (but I didn't have enough money.)

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The Past Perfect Tense The past perfect tense is most often used for the following: - For actions that happened before a past event - In reported speech - In if (conditional) sentences How to form the past perfect  For actions that happened before a past event When we want to talk about an action that happened before a past event, we often use the past perfect. Look at these examples: When I got home yesterday, my father had already cooked dinner. I didn't want to go to the movies with my friends because I had seen the film already. Notice how often words like already, just, never etc. are used with the past perfect. In reported speech  when we report people's words or thoughts .., as in the following examples: John said that he had never eaten sushi before. She told me that she had finished, but I knew she had not. She wondered why he had been so unkind to her.. In if (conditional) sentences The past perfect tense is used in unreal or hypothetical stituations, as in the following sentences: If I had known you were in Frankfurt, I would have called you. (but I didn't know you were here so I didn't call you!) If I had had enough money, I would have bought you a better present. (but I didn't have enough money.)
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