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past perfect

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noun Grammar.
  1. pluperfect.
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Origin of past perfect

First recorded in 1885–90
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Historical Examples

  • She is just past-perfect as a chaperone and she said that she thought a party of four girls would be ideal.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain

    Grace May North


British Dictionary definitions for past perfect

past perfect

adjective
  1. denoting a tense of verbs used in relating past events where the action had already occurred at the time of the action of a main verb that is itself in a past tense. In English this is a compound tense formed with had plus the past participle
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noun
    1. the past perfect tense
    2. a verb in this tense
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