from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pluperfect.


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  • Tell it while it happens or delete it should apply to most of the extended sections in past-perfect.

    had, had, had, had, had

  • Rules governing the sequence of tenses call for a verb in a subordinate clause to be in the past or past-perfect tense if the main verb is in the past tense.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage

  • In the conjugation of their busy, noisy life they do not often use the past tense, never the past-perfect, and they have had for the most part little concern as to the future, except the rise in real-estate values and the retaining of markets.

    The French in the Heart of America

  • Propelling the past-perfect hairstyle movement into the spotlight, the fall shows offered a parade of provocative coifs to play upon, but with an all-too-important twist that keeps things from looking kitschy.


  • Mr. García has been going over the past-perfect tense all period, but she hasn’t been listening.



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