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Tenses > Past Perfect

1. The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past.
  • It was obvious that something bad had happened to them. (Something bad had happened before it became obvious)

  • My bag was not there. I had left it behind.

2. We use the Past Perfect to show that something started in the past and continued up until another action in the past.
  • I was really tired yesterday, I had had a hard day.

  • We were pleased to see George again. We had not seen him for ages.