pluperfect tense

pluperfect tense
a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past

`I had finished' is an example of the past perfect

Hypernyms: ↑perfective, ↑perfective tense, ↑perfect, ↑perfect tense

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  • Pluperfect progressive tense — The pluperfect progressive tense (or past perfect continuous) is a perfective tense in most Indo European languages which shows an event that started in the past and continued up until another time in the past. This grammatical tense may be… …   Wikipedia

  • pluperfect — /pluˈpɜfəkt / (say plooh perfuhkt) Grammar –adjective 1. perfect with respect to a temporal point of reference in the past. For example, in He had done it when I came , had done is pluperfect in relation to came since the action was brought to a… …  

  • pluperfect — /plooh perr fikt/ adj. 1. Gram. a. perfect with respect to a point of reference in past time, as had done in He had done it when I came. b. designating a tense or other verb formation or construction with such meaning, as Latin portaveram I had… …   Universalium

  • pluperfect — 1. adjective a) More than perfect b) Pertaining to action completed before or at the same time as another 2. noun a) The pluperfect tense b) A …   Wiktionary

  • pluperfect — plu·per·fect || ‚pluː pÉœrfɪkt / pɜː n. grammatical tense which places one past action in relation to another past action (Ex: When you arrived, I had already left. I had left = pluperfect tense) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pluperfect — adj. & n. Gram. adj. (of a tense) denoting an action completed prior to some past point of time specified or implied, formed in English by had and the past participle, as: he had gone by then. n. the pluperfect tense. Etymology: mod.L… …   Useful english dictionary

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