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Past Perfect Simple Tense

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Mayıs 2, 2017

Past Perfect Simple Tense

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Past perfect tense is used to indicate that one action occurred before another action in the past. In other words, past perfect tense indicates the first of the two actions. * 

For example

  • When I woke up this morning, my roommate had left already.
  • After I had eaten my dinner, I went to see a movie.
  • Before I arrived at the theater, the movie had already begun.

Sometimes, when the meaning is clear from context, the simple past tense can be used.

  • After I had gone shopping, I stopped at the health spa.
  • After I went shopping, I stopped at the health spa.

The most common error with the past perfect is using it where it does not belong.

When I was young, I had been a cowboy.

When I was young, I was a cowboy.

(Incorrect—no reference to other events)

(Correct)

Yesterday the Johnsons had opened their new business.

Yesterday the Johnsons opened their new business.

(Incorrect)

(Correct)

 * In some very unusual cases, the past perfect tense can refer to the second past action.

  • Before I had finished my homework, the telephone rang.
  • (The telephone interrupted me before I finished my homework.)

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