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English definition of “the pluperfect”

the pluperfect

noun
 
 
/ˌpluːˈpɜːfɪkt/ (also the past perfect)
the form of the verb that is used to show that an action had already finished when another action happened. In English, the pluperfect is made with 'had' and a past participle.Verb forms, tenses and types of verbs
(Definition of the pluperfect from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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