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the pluperfect

noun [S] uk   /ˌpluːˈpɜː.fekt/ us    /ˈpluːˌpɝː-/ specialized
the grammatical tense used to describe an action that had already finished when another action happened. It is made with "had" and a past participle.
pluperfect
adjective uk   us  
the pluperfect tense
Translations of “the pluperfect”
in Chinese (Traditional) 過去完成時…
in Russian предпрошедшее время…
in Turkish had + geçmiş zaman ortacı' ile oluşan fiil kipi, geçmişte bitmiş zaman kipi…
in Chinese (Simplified) 过去完成时…
in Polish czas zaprzeszły…
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