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Past Perfect Examples in English

The past perfect or Past Perfect is a verb tense that is used to talk about an action that occurred before another action, that is, it refers to two times at the same time: the past and another past previous to this one. The difference with the present perfect is that the past perfect uses the auxiliary had instead of have or has .

Verbs in the past perfect in English

  • answered
  • arrived
  • asked
  • was / were
  • borrowed
  • broke
  • bought
  • caught
  • cleaned
  • climbed
  • collected
  • came
  • composed
  • cooked
  • cut
  • danced
  • described
  • discovered
  • did
  • drank
  • drove
  • ate
  • enjoyed
  • fell
  • felt
  • found
  • flew
  • forgot
  • gave
  • went
  • happened
  • had
  • helped
  • hurt
  • invented
  • invited
  • killed
  • knew
  • slow
  • left
  • lay
  • liked
  • lived
  • looked
  • loved
  • made
  • met
  • missed
  • opened
  • packed
  • paid
  • phoned
  • played
  • preferred
  • prepared
  • pushed
  • put
  • rained
  • read
  • remembered
  • rented
  • rescued
  • returned
  • rang
  • saved
  • said
  • searched
  • saw
  • sold
  • sat
  • skated
  • skied
  • slept
  • smelled
  • spoke
  • spent
  • started
  • stayed
  • stopped
  • studied
  • survived
  • swam
  • took
  • talked
  • taught
  • told
  • thought
  • threw
  • touched
  • tried
  • understood
  • used
  • visited
  • waited
  • walked
  • SE busca
  • washed
  • watched
  • wore
  • worked
  • wrote

Examples of past perfect in English

  1. The concert had finished when Chris arrived at the house / The concert had finished when Chris arrived at the house.
  2. I had bought a new dress / I had bought a new dress.
  3. You had cleaned the office / You had cleaned the office.
  4. He had brought the gifts of Claire / He had brought Claire’s gifts.
  5. She had lost the keys / She had lost the keys.
  6. Had I bought a new car? / Had you bought a new car?

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