Past Perfect Tense: Rules And Examples

Definition of Past Perfect Tense

The Past Perfect tense is used when we are talking about the past and want to mention something that happened earlier. for example, He had reached there by then., The train had left before 6 am.

Present Perfect Tense: Rules & Examples

Past Perfect Tense Rules And Examples
Past Perfect Tense: Rules And Examples

Affirmative Sentences

Form: Subject + Had + V3 + Other Words.

Examples:

  • I had eaten my meal.
  • He had gone home.
  • She had won the race.
  • Tom had written a letter.
  • He had applied for a job.

Negative Sentences

Form: Subject + Had + Not + V3 + Other Words.

Examples:

  • I had not eaten my meal.
  • He had not gone home.
  • She had not won the race.
  • Tom had not written a letter.
  • He had not applied for a job.

Interrogative Sentences

Form: Had + Subject + V3 + Other Words?

Examples:

  • Had I eaten my meal?
  • Had he gone home?
  • Had she won the race?
  • Had Tom written a letter?
  • Had he applied for a job?

Examples of Past Perfect Tense

  • I had come before that.
  • You had already slept by then.
  • I had slept before the film started.
  • She came here after you had left.
  • They had played this game before.
  • They realized that he had gone mad.
  • I had seen her last month at the park.
  • She had done her homework by yesterday.
  • I had already left before the phone rang.
  • The police had arrived before the theft.
  • It had started raining before the match.
  • After I had finished my work, I went to lunch.
  • We had gone to the library before we came home.

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