Past Perfect Tense: Definition & Useful Examples in English 1

Past Perfect Tense: Definition & Useful Examples in English

The past perfect tense in English with past perfect tense examples. Learn the definition and how to form the past perfect tense with useful examples and ESL printable infographics.

Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Definition

The Past Perfect tense is used to express something that happened before another action in the past.

Forming Past Perfect Tense

Positive Statements | Past Perfect

SUBJECTHADVERB (past participle)REST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihadfinishedthe work.
Youhadfinishedthe work.
Hehadfinishedthe work.
Tomhadfinishedthe work.
The boyhadfinishedthe work.
Shehadfinishedthe work.
Annahadfinishedthe work.
The girlhadfinishedthe work.
Wehadfinishedthe work.
Youhadfinishedthe work.
Theyhadfinishedthe work.
The childrenhadfinishedthe work.

Notice that we use ‘had’ and the past participle form of the verb for all subjects.

Negative Statements | Past Perfect

SUBJECTHAD NOTVERB (past participle)REST OF THE SENTENCE
Ihad nottalkedto my brother.
Youhad nottalkedto my brother.
Hehad nottalkedto my brother.
Tomhad nottalkedto my brother.
The boyhad nottalkedto my brother.
Shehad nottalkedto my brother.
Annahad nottalkedto my brother.
The girlhad nottalkedto my brother.
Wehad nottalkedto my brother.
Youhad nottalkedto my brother.
Theyhad nottalkedto my brother.
The childrenhad nottalkedto my brother.

Notice that we use ‘had not’ and the past participle form of the verb for all subjects.

Interrogative Statements / Questions | Past Perfect

HADSUBJECTVERB (past participle)REST OF THE SENTENCE
HadIseenthe movie?
Hadyouseenthe movie?
Hadheseenthe movie?
HadTomseenthe movie?
Hadthe boyseenthe movie?
Hadsheseenthe movie?
HadAnnaseenthe movie?
Hadthe girlseenthe movie?
Hadweseenthe movie?
Hadyouseenthe movie?
Hadtheyseenthe movie?
Hadthe menseenthe movie?

Past Perfect Chart

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