Past Perfect Tense with examples

The past perfect tense is used to indicate the past actions. When we talk about something that happened in the past, we use the past perfect tense because the action happened before another action in the past.

The past perfect tense is used in the previous action between two completed actions of the past; simple past is used in the later action. This tense is formed with the past tense form of “to have the verb” (had) + the past participle of the main verb.

Definition of Past perfect

Past Perfect Tense indicates that an action was completed in the past before something else happened.

For example, I had done the work.

Past Perfect Tense with examples
Past Perfect Tense with examples
Structure: Subject + had + Past Participle of main verb + extension.

Example of Past Perfect Tense

The patient had died before the doctor come.

They had shifted to a new house.

You had gone to your college.

They had cooked for their guest.

He had joined with you for his self-respect

The above examples are in a positive sense with a positive structure. For negative and Interrogative the structure and examples are given below

Sentence TypeStructureExamples
NegativeStructure: Subject + had + not + Past Participle of main verb + extension.Example: He had not gone his college.

They had not finished their work.

He had not bought bike.

She had not cleaned her room properly.
InterrogativeStructure: had + Subject + Past Participle of main verb + extension.Example: Had he gone his college?

Had she cleaned her room?

Had they met with you?

Had he prepared himself for the exam?

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