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English definition of “the pluperfect”

the pluperfect

noun [S]     /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 → Synonym the past perfectVerb forms, tenses and types of verbs pluperfect     adjective the pluperfect tenseVerb forms, tenses and types of verbs
(Definition of the pluperfect noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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