past perfect

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  • I had gotten angry with them once before. (US) or I had got angry with them once before. (UK)
  • She had driven herself to work, where she was congratulated on her promotion.
  • He only started learning to play guitar after he had heard Hendrix play.
  • They had changed by the end of the war.
  • Although he now seemed friendly and harmless, he had carried a pistol with him during many of the long journeys.
  • Although he finally came to the party, she had already made her decision.

past perfect (uncountable)

  1. A tense which describes actions that occurred before another action or event in the past; the pluperfect or the past anterior tense.

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