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Pluperfect - Plus-que-parfait - French Grammar + Pronunciation Glossary

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Definition: A compound tense used to describe a completed action that took place before a reference point in the past.

Formation: Imperfect auxiliary verb + past participle

Examples:

J'avais déjà mangé quand il est arrivé.
I had already eaten when he arrived.

Il était venu à Paris avant le début de la guerre.
He had come to Paris before the beginning of the war.

Also known as: Past perfect

Misspelling: Plusqueparfait

Related lessons: Pluperfect - Compound tenses - Verb timeline

Related terms: auxiliary verb - past participle - compound tense

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