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the past perfect

noun
 
/ˌpæst ˈpɜr.fɪkt/
in grammar, the form of a verb that is used to show that an action was already finished when another action happened. The sentence “I had never been to Canada”is in the past perfect.
(Definition of the past perfect from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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