50 Examples of Past Perfect Tense

50 Examples of Past Perfect Tense

50 Examples of Past Perfect Tense

All tenses – present, past and future – are important to learn as we would like to make sentences using all the tenses and also speak and write correctly. Some students might find it difficult to learn all the tenses well without examples.

The past perfect tense in English is used to express:

  1. Something that happened before a certain time in the past. [before]
  2. An action completed by a specific time or moment in the past. [by]
  3. A repeated activity that was completed by a specific moment in the past. [every time/ every other time etc.]
  4. A previous occurrence of something that is followed by another action or event. [as soon as]

Structure: subject + auxiliary verb have (past participle.; subject + had verb3ed (past participle.

Examples of Past Perfect Tense

  1. We got to the party before Julie & Joe did.
  2. She had gone to work by 8 o’clock.
  3. I had washed my hands when John called me.
  4. Ann has always finished her work on time, but Bill doesn’t.
  5. I hadn’t seen him in a long time.
  6. We had already eaten by the time they arrived at the party.
  7. She had gotten married before she graduated college.
  8. You should have told me that you didn’t like it!
  9. I hadn’t gotten my driver’s licence when I got my car.
  10. The bus had left when the taxi arrived.
  11. She had gone to work by 8 o’clock.
  12. John hadn’t eaten lunch before he came home.
  13. They had never met each other before they started working together.
  14. I hadn’t seen him in a long time, so it was nice to see him again.
  15. He had already eaten when I called him at home.
  16. When she got there, I had finished my work and left already.
  17. By the time he went to school, his mother had already left.
  18. Had you ever been to China before your trip in 2010?
  19. I hadn’t talked to him in a while when he called me yesterday.
  20. We had already eaten by the time they arrived at the party.
  21. They hadn’t gone out yet when we got home.
  22. She had never been to France before her trip this summer!
  23. By the time she graduated, she had already won a fellowship.
  24. He hadn’t finished his work when it was time for him to go home!
  25. What had you done when they called you?
  26. She had already woken up when I got to her house.
  27. By the time Ann came home, most of the food had already been eaten!
  28. They hadn’t started their project yet when she left yesterday.
  29. What had she done by 5 o’clock?
  30. By the time I got home, you had already eaten dinner.
  31. He hadn’t slept in days when he collapsed and ended up in the hospital.
  32. We hadn’t gone out to eat since before the holidays.
  33. We wouldn’t have been able to go if we hadn’t received our tickets.
  34. I hadn’t seen him in years, so it was nice to see him again.
  35. She hadn’t gone shopping all day!
  36. When I got home, she had already eaten dinner.
  37. By the time he finally realized what he had done wrong, everyone was furious with him.
  38. We hadn’t talked to him in a while when he called me yesterday.
  39. If I hadn’t received the scholarship, I wouldn’t have been able to go to college.
  40. When were you born?
  41. He hasn’t gone out with us since before the holidays!
  42. Had you seen that movie already?
  43. What had you done by 5 o’clock?
  44. They hadn’t seen each other in a while when they got together last night.
  45. I wouldn’t have been able to go if I didn’t pass my test!
  46. When were you born?
  47. Ann has always finished her work on time, but Bill doesn’t.
  48. If you hadn’t started studying harder in the beginning of the semester, you wouldn’t be doing so well now.
  49. When were you born?
  50. They hadn’t eaten dinner yet when their mother came home!