- perfect with respect to a point of reference in past time, as had done in He had done it when I came.
- designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning, as Latin portāveram “I had carried.”
- the pluperfect tense, or other verb formation or construction with such meaning.
- a form in the pluperfect.
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Origin of pluperfect
Words nearby pluperfect
Example sentences from the Web for pluperfect
Note that in forming the pluperfect subjunctive certain writers often use fuisset for esset.Selections from Viri Romae|Charles Franois L'Homond
The verbal forms in-ara and-iera were used then as now as the equivalent of the pluperfect or the preterit indicative.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
The same applies to similar citations under Perfect and Pluperfect.A Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges|George M. Lane
The perfect tense value is often represented by the present (and the pluperfect by the imperfect) after despus or hace (ago).Novelas Cortas|Pedro Antonio de Alarcn
In the earliest Latin the pluperfect is not uncommonly used with the value of the aorist perfect.