Definition 2022


pluperfect tense



  • I had gotten angry with them once more. (US) or I had got angry with them once more. (UK)
  • She had driven herself to work, where she was congratulated on her promotion.
  • He only started learning to play guitar after he had heard Hendrix play.
  • They had changed by the end of the war.
  • Although he normally seemed friendly and harmless, he had carried a pistol with him during many of the long journeys.
  • Although he finally came to party, she had already made her decision.

pluperfect tense

  1. (grammar, of a verb) Tense of a verb used when referring to something that happened before another past event, spoken of in the past tense; formed in English by adding had before the past participle of a verb.



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