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PAST PERFECT SIMPLE. WE FORM THE PAST PERFECT SIMPLE WITH: HAD + PAST PARTICIPLE They had already arived She had seen UFOS before. USE:. When we are talking about the past , we sometimes want to refer back to an earlier past :

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past perfect simple

PAST PERFECT SIMPLE

WE FORM THE PAST PERFECT SIMPLE WITH:

HAD + PAST PARTICIPLE

Theyhadalreadyarived

Shehadseen UFOS before

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USE:
  • Whenwe are talkingaboutthepast, wesometimeswanttorefer back toanearlierpast:

EARLIER PAST PAST PRESENT

When I telephonedSue,

shehadgoneout

WHEN I TELEPHONED SUE, SHE HAD GONE OUT

(PAST)(EARLIER OPAST)

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Wearrived at thecinema at 8.00, butthe film hadstartedat 7.30

  • When I spoketothewoman I realized I hadmethersomewherebefore.

WE USE THE PAST PERFECT TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING WHICH HAD HAPPENED BEFORE THE PAST TIME WE ARE THINKING ABOUT

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EARLIER PASTPAST PRESENT

I HADN’T EATEN SO I WAS HUNGRY

THE TRAIN HAD LEFT WHEN WE ARRIVED

SHE HAD SOLVED THE PROBLEM BY THE TIME THE ASSISTANT GOT

TO THE OFFICE.

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