Meaning of PAST PERFECT in English

PAST PERFECT

I. adjective

Etymology: past (I) + perfect, adjective

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with had and denotes an action or state as completed at or before a past time spoken of (as had left in “when he arrived I had left for the city”)

II. noun

1. : the past perfect tense of a language

2. : a verb form in the past perfect tense

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