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English definition of “past perfect”

past perfect

noun [U]  /ˈpæst ˈpɜr·fɪkt/ us  
grammar a tense usually formed with "had" that is used to refer to the earlier of two different times in the past: The sentence "She had broken her leg once before," is in the past perfect.
(Definition of past perfect from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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