Grammar Tips: Past Perfect Tense

Do you know how to use the past perfect tense properly? If not, check this post and find out.

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According to Learn English, the formula for the past perfect tense is: had + past participle. The formula is constant for both singular and plural subjects.

We use the past perfect tense to talk about an action that happened before another action in the past. It is used to refer to an earlier past.

Look at these two sentences:

  • John left the house at 7:30 yesterday morning.
  • Mary rang John’s doorbell at 8:15 yesterday.

Both actions happened in the past, but one happened earlier than the other. Thus, we can use the past perfect tense to combine the two sentences:

  • Mary rang John’s doorbell at 8:15 yesterday, but John had already left the house.

Note that we use the past simple tense for the later action, and we use the past perfect tense for the earlier action.

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