100 Sentences in Past Perfect Tense

In English, the past perfect tense is used to describe an event that occurred in the past and was completed before another past event. For example, you might use the past perfect tense to describe how you had studied for your exam long before it ever happened. 100 sentences in the past perfect tense should help you become more comfortable with this verb form. Each sentence includes a prompt to help you understand how the past perfect tense works. Practice using these sentences in your own writing!

100 Sentences in Past Perfect Tense

100 Sentences in Past Perfect Tense

Here are 100 examples of past perfect tense:

  • He had done it already when I saw him.
  • By the time she arrived, he had finished his homework.
  • When I got home yesterday, I found that my cat was gone.
  • My friend called to tell me that she had arrived in town.
  • Maria said that her husband had just left the house.
  • I didn’t know that she had gone home already.
  • “I hope that he hasn’t forgotten about our meeting!” i said to myself.
  • The dog looked really ill, so his owner told him he should see a vet at once.
  • My friend was surprised when her brother said she could borrow his car for the weekend because he wasn’t planning on going anywhere.
  • She asked if her mother had remembered to buy bread, eggs and milk.
  • It felt refreshing when the cool water hit me in the face after swimming in the lake all afternoon!
  • We wanted to enjoy dinner by candlelight but it was too dark outside so we turned on the lights.
  • I had a shower and got ready for bed before my husband came home from work.
  • She was relieved when her sister said that the babysitter had arrived early and taken care of the children until she got home from work.
  • When he finally arrived, everyone asked him where he had been all day!
  • Because it rained heavily, we stayed inside and watched TV instead of going on a hike as originally planned.
  • It was raining so hard that part of the roof fell off!
  • It was so cold outside that everyone who went out needed to wear a coat.
  • A few weeks ago, no one could have predicted what would happen next.
  • When I arrived home, my mother told me that she had just spoken to my sister on the phone.
  • I was afraid that if I didn’t finish work early enough, I would miss my train.
  • She wished that he hadn’t eaten so much because now she felt sick and bloated too!
  • He was wondering why his wife wasn’t answering her phone when he realized he had forgotten to charge it and it was dead.
  • “Please help me!” she cried as someone grabbed her from behind and pressed a hand over her mouth.
  • The police wondered how the robbers had managed to escape with such a large amount of money without being noticed.
  • When I went to bed, it was raining and now, when I woke up, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!
  • It’s strange that he didn’t remember where he had left his wallet yesterday because normally he remembers everything.
  • He couldn’t believe how quickly time passed while they were watching such an interesting film.
  • The essay was really difficult but luckily she had taken good notes in class so she knew exactly what information to include in her work.
  • She explained that she had been feeling sick for several days and finally decided to go to the doctor who diagnosed that she needed surgery as soon as possible.
  • She told me a story about something that had happened to her when she was a kid.
  • When the baby started crying, it woke up the other kids too so they also started to cry.
  • It was surprising that he didn’t know how to do something so basic because he had been using computers for years!
  • The traffic on the freeway became really bad because there was an accident ahead which caused cars to slow down and finally come to a complete stop.
  • We were all exhausted by the end of the day but nobody wanted to go home yet.
  • I can’t believe that you destroyed another mobile phone! What are we going to do now? We can’t afford another one!
  • By 10 pm, everyone had fallen asleep because they were so tired.
  • Everyone was relieved when it stopped raining and they could finally go home.
  • It was late at night when I finally finished writing my research paper so I turned off the computer and went to bed.
  • My mom told me that she had just spoken to my sister but her phone had been on silent so she couldn’t hear it ringing!
  • “I can’t believe you’re going to wear that!” said his friend before he explained that he needed all the luck he could get for tonight’s game.
  • She told me that she had just returned from a business meeting in Tokyo where one of her colleagues had made a presentation which everyone thought sounded fantastic.
  • I was going to ask her out but she left before I had a chance to talk to her.
  • When he finally arrived home after a day of hard work, all he wanted to do was take a shower and go straight to bed.
  • He had been waiting forever! Why was she taking so long?
  • No one knew what happened but suddenly the lights went on, the alarm stopped ringing and everything became quiet again.
  • After 2 hours of driving through heavy traffic, they were relieved when they realized that the only thing left between them and their destination was just another 10 minute drive.
  • What are you looking at? asked his sister when she saw him sitting in front of the mirror and staring at himself for several minutes without saying anything.
  • I was so tired when we got home that I just collapsed on my bed and fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow!
  • We were all surprised when we realized that he had won the lottery because we never thought he would win something like that!
  • She explained that she didn’t know where her wallet was and she hadn’t seen it since this morning.
  • He told me how excited he was when they announced his name and said, “I couldn’t believe it!”
  • By the time I arrived home, he had already gone out.
  • I hadn’t realized that I was hungry until I walked into the kitchen and saw all the delicious food my mom was preparing for dinner.
  • My sister thought she had lost her keys but she found them in one of her jacket pockets after a while.
  • She thought that he had left when she saw that he wasn’t in the room anymore.
  • He felt bad because no one had remembered his birthday even though he was turning 32 years old!
  • I didn’t know what to do when my car broke down in the middle of nowhere and there was nobody around who could help me.
  • “I’m finished!” shouts John when everyone says goodbye.
  • We were surprised when we realized that they hadn’t called us yet! Where on earth did they think we were?
  • Nobody knew what to say after someone said something so embarrassing at the party. We all just looked at each other silently for a few seconds before somebody finally spoke up again.
  • I can’t remember how long it took to get to that point but I do know that he stayed there for a very long time.
  • They didn’t have a plan B so they had to think of something else as soon as their first attempt failed.
  • What would you have done if she hadn’t been there?
  • We finally reached the top of the mountain and could see for miles even though it was already dark outside.
  • Everyone looked at him in complete surprise when everyone realized what had happened! No one expected anything like that from him.
  • The child said, “I’m hungry” after not eating anything for almost 20 hours straight.
  • He realized that he had lost his wallet when he arrived in the hotel and was going to pay for his room.
  • I could tell that she was really scared when her voice started shaking while she tried to talk to us.
  • I was really tired because I had been up almost the whole night.
  • He told me that he would get home as soon as possible but it wasn’t until 4 hours later that we finally saw him coming up to the front door!
  • We thought they weren’t going to get married when we heard them argue about something just 3 days before their wedding.
  • She ran back inside after realizing that she had left her purse in the car and didn’t even notice until then.
  • By the time we reached his house, he was already fast asleep so we tried not to wake him up and went home again without saying anything.
  • Nobody could believe how quickly he did everything. How on earth did he manage to complete all those tasks in such a short period of time?
  • By the time we arrived to pick them up, they had already boarded the plane and would only be able to leave after a 5 hour delay.
  • I was really surprised when I realized that she didn’t know what had happened while she was gone.
  • When he opened the door for us, we could see that his mother had been crying not very long ago! His father also looked upset but he tried to pretend like nothing was wrong.
  • What made you do something so dangerous? asked Jane with a look of concern on her face after she heard what Mark had done. We were all worried about him because it could have ended in complete disaster!
  • They looked at what used to be their home and just stood there in complete shock, not knowing what they should do now that everything was gone.
  • We couldn’t help but feel sorry for him after we saw how sad he was. He had believed that it would work out until the very end but unfortunately everything turned out differently.
  • She started crying when she realized that she had left her purse in the car! She didn’t have any money or her id anymore so she couldn’t go anywhere without it.
  • Watch your step!” shouted John before I could even realize where I was walking because of all the snow.
  • She was just about to go outside when she realized that it had started snowing. I heard her calling me from the window and asking me whether it was safe outside or not.
  • It is time for you to leave, she said with a serious tone of voice after we had been talking in her office for almost an hour.
  • We all knew we were going to be late by the time we finally arrived at our destination and saw how long of a line there already was at Starbucks!
  • I stayed up almost the whole night because I had so much studying to do.
  • I was sad because no one had ever said anything nice to me before.
  • We were all excited when we got off the plane after it had been delayed for 3 hours.
  • I was surprised when she said that she hadn’t eaten in 24 hours.
  • They were very happy when they saw the look on their friend’s face after he had opened his birthday presents.
  • After work, I went to meet my friends because we hadn’t seen each other for almost 6 weeks.
  • We couldn’t believe what was happening even though it was happening right before our eyes!
  • The teacher looked upset with us because he had told us not to talk in class earlier that day.
  • He doesn’t usually get angry but this time he was really mad because of how long everyone had taken to finish their projects.
  • I wanted to go home because I just wanted to rest after a long day.
  • I was surprised when I heard that she had been going to school in another country for the past 3 years!
  • After he had finished work, he went jogging in the park with his friends every evening.
  • She sat down when she realized she didn’t have enough money to buy anything from the market.
  • He looked upset when we saw him because it was already 10 pm and there were still so many things left for him to do.
  • We all started talking at once when we heard about how amazing her trip had been! It sounded like something that could have only happened in a dream or a movie!
  • They argued about their problems for a while until they both realized that it was late and they should go to sleep.
  • We all started cheering when we saw how many goals our team scored in the last ten minutes!
  • Our coach looked upset after we told him about what had happened during practice this afternoon.
  • They finally arrived at their destination when the sun started going down.
  • It was already very dark outside when I went home from work today. I didn’t feel safe walking the streets alone, which is why I left early!

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