- Past perfect is a tense that shows that an event happened prior to another event.
An example of past perfect is saying that you drove once when you were twelve years old, but didn't get your license until you were sixteen.
past perfect definition by Webster's New World
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- a tense indicating an action as completed or a state as having ended before a specified or implied time in the past; pluperfect
- a verb form in this tense (Ex.: had gone)
past perfect definition by American Heritage Dictionary