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Verbs: Past Perfect Empty Verbs: Past Perfect

Post by Kangas on Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:54 am

Past Perfect

The Past Perfect is a tense composed by the auxiliary verb to have (had) and the past participle of the main verb. It usually link two facts in the past in which one it’s the starting point and affects other because it happened before it. Example: When Karen arrived at the station the train had already departed. (she didn’t take that train, because she arrived late)

• The past perfect is the past of the present perfect. When we use the present perfect we talk about something that happened before the time of speech (present), the past present is used to talk about something that happened before a certain time in the past.
Examples: I’ve never driven a car before (before today). /I had never driven a car before. (before that particular day in the past)

Source: New Grammar in Use – 2nd Edition


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