In these lessons, we will learn
The past perfect consists of two verbs: helping verb (had) and main verb (past participle).
had + past participle = past perfect tense
The past perfect takes place before another past action.
Suddenly he remembered where he had hidden the money. (past action – remembered, past perfect – had hidden)
I noticed that he had left his books behind. (past action – noticed, past perfect – had left)
When he reached the bus stop, the bus had already left. (past action – reached, past perfect – had left)
We form the negative by adding not after the helping verb had.
had + not + past participle
Contraction (or short form):
had not = hadn’t
The clock struck eleven, and he still had not gotten out of bed.
We hadn’t been at the party long when Jack arrived.
|present perfect tense||has/have + past participle|
|past perfect tense||had + past participle|
|future perfect tense||will have + past participle|
The present perfect tense connects the past with present.
The past perfect tense takes place before another action in the past.
The future perfect tense takes place before another action in the future.
Since last Tuesday, I have woken up early. (present past tense)
Before this week, however, I had never woken up so early. (past perfect tense)
By the end of this week I will have woken up early four times. (future perfect tense)
The following video shows how to make the past perfect tense: had + past participle. The past perfect shows that something happened before another past event.
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