Julie in GA Posted February 4, 2008 Share Posted February 4, 2008 Our Latin book (LiCT, Vol 2) describes the pluperfect tense (or past perfect in English) as referring to something which has happened a long long time ago. Example given: perfect tense: I studied yesterday. pluperfect tense: I had studied a long time ago. I thought that the pluperfect tense refers to a past action that, when compared to another past action, has already been completed. Example: By the time I turned 40, I had given birth to 4 children. This would be the opposite of the "imperfect" tense, which describes a past action that was still going on when compared to another past event (or any continual past action). Example: I was drinking tea when the lights went off. So is the "way long ago" definition just an easier one for kids to understand at first? Is that why its used? I need confirmation or correction. Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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