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

SUBJECT HAD VERB (past participle) REST OF THE SENTENCE
I had finished the work.
You had finished the work.
He had finished the work.
Tom had finished the work.
The boy had finished the work.
She had finished the work.
Anna had finished the work.
The girl had finished the work.
We had finished the work.
You had finished the work.
They had finished the work.
The children had finished the work.

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

Negative Statements | Past Perfect

SUBJECT HAD NOT VERB (past participle) REST OF THE SENTENCE
I had not talked to my brother.
You had not talked to my brother.
He had not talked to my brother.
Tom had not talked to my brother.
The boy had not talked to my brother.
She had not talked to my brother.
Anna had not talked to my brother.
The girl had not talked to my brother.
We had not talked to my brother.
You had not talked to my brother.
They had not talked to my brother.
The children had not talked to my brother.

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

Interrogative Statements / Questions | Past Perfect

HAD SUBJECT VERB (past participle) REST OF THE SENTENCE
Had I seen the movie?
Had you seen the movie?
Had he seen the movie?
Had Tom seen the movie?
Had the boy seen the movie?
Had she seen the movie?
Had Anna seen the movie?
Had the girl seen the movie?
Had we seen the movie?
Had you seen the movie?
Had they seen the movie?
Had the men seen the movie?

Past Perfect Chart

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