Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect refers to a time earlier than before now. It is used to make it clear that one event happened before another in the past. It does not matter which event is mentioned first - the tense makes it clear which one happened first.

Example:

  • She had lived in London. (It is a completed action in past and especially a long time ago)
  • She had finished her project work last year.
  • The movie had started before we reached cinema.
  • She had not finished her project work last year.
  • Had the movie started before you reached cinema.
  • The train had already left when we reached the station.

Summary

The past perfect refers to a time earlier than before now. It is used to make it clear that one event happened before another in the past. It does not matter which event is mentioned first - the tense makes it clear which one happened first.

Example:

  • She had lived in London. (It is a completed action in past and especially a long time ago)
  • She had finished her project work last year.
  • The movie had started before we reached cinema.
  • She had not finished her project work last year.
  • Had the movie started before you reached cinema.
  • The train had already left when we reached the station.

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