Definition of “the past perfect” - English Dictionary


(Definition of “the past perfect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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past perfectnoun [ U ]

us /ˈpæst ˈpɜr·fɪkt/

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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