Grammar Lessons: Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Tense

The grammatical form used for an action that had already finished when anotheraction happened. It is made with “had” and a past participle

Forming the Past Perfect

SubjectHadPast Participle
They hadleft

Affirmative and Negative Sentences

I had playedI hadn’t played
You had playedYou hadn’t played
He had playedHe hadn’t played
She had playedShe hadn’t played
We had playedWe hadn’t played
They had playedThey hadn’t played


This is how you form questions 

HadSubject Participle
HadThey been to an opera before last night?
HadShe studied spanish before moving here?
Hadyouever visited the US before 2006?
Hadwe met before toda’s meeting?


  1. They had completed the project.
  2. He had finished reading my book
  3. I had played this game several times.
  4. I had watched two seasons of Breaking Bad
  5. I had cooked something special for you
  6. She had spoken with him several times.
  7. He had forgotten what I said.
  8. She had told me what you said.
  9. I had seen that movie several times
  10. I had forgotten all my problems.

PDF Exercises 

  1. Simple Past or Past Perfect Tense PDF
  2. Past Perfect or Past Perfect Progressive PDF

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