Pluperfect Tense

Pluperfect Tense :

The Past Perfect Tense is also called the Pluperfect Tense.

This is used whenever we wish to say that some action had been completed before another was commenced.

The Verb expressing the previous action is put into the Past Perfect or Pluperfect Tense. The Verb expressing the subsequent action is put into the Past Simple.

1. He had been ill two days when the doctor was sent for.

2. He had seen many foreign cities before he returned home.

3. The boat was sunk by a storm which had suddenly sprung up.

4. The sheep fled in great haste for a wolf had entered the fold.

The Past Perfect ought never to be used at all except to show the priority of one past event to another.


  1. Tenses in English Grammar
  2. Uses of Tenses
  3. Uses of Simple Present Tense
  4. Uses of Present Continuous Tense
  5. Uses of Present Perfect Tense
  6. Uses of Simple Past Tense
  7. Uses of Past Continuous Tense
  8. Uses of Past Perfect Tense
  9. Uses of Simple Future Tense
  10. Uses of Future Continuous Tense
  11. Uses of Future Perfect Tense
  12. Historic Present Tense
  13. Graphic Present Tense

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