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7 lessons,
1h 16m
Past Perfect
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Past perfect isn't so perfect but in this lesson I have done it for you perfectly

Vandana Nehra

Unacademy user
It’s good really helpful
i was watching your lessons, what the feeling i am getting that you don't have food for 2 to 3 days , as teacher you have to show some energy , also while teaching English tenses you have to tell the people about the format used in each and every tense forms .
  1. Past perfect continued for something we had done several times up to a point in the past and continued to do after that point: He was a wonderful guitarist. He had been playing ever since he was a teenager. He had written three books and he was working on another one. I had been watching the programme every week, but I missed the last episode . . We often use a clause with since to show when something started in the past: They had been staying with us since the previous week I was sorry when the factory closed. I had worked there since l left school I had been watching that programme every week since it started, but I missed the last episode.

  2. when we are reporting our experience and including up to the (then) present My eighteenth birthday was the worst day I had ever had. I was pleased to meet George. I hadn't met him before, even though I had met his wife several times. for something that happened in the past but is important at the time of reporting: I couldn't get into the house. I had lost my keys. Teresa wasn't at home. She had gone shopping. We use the past perfect to talk about the past in conditions, hypotheses and wishes: I would have helped him if he had asked. It was very dangerous. What if you had got lost? I wish I hadn't spent so much money last month. . . .

  3. We use the past perfect continuous to show that something had been continuing up to a time in the past or was important at that time in the past: Everything was wet. It had been raining for hours. He was a wonderful guitarist. He had been playing ever since he was a teenager

  4. We use would with the perfect to refer to something that did not happen in the past but would have happened if the conditions had been right: If you had asked me I would have helped you. l would have helped vou, but you didn't ask me. You didn't ask me orl would have helped you,

  5. The future in the past When we talk about the future from a time in the past we use: would as the past tense of will He thought he would buy one the next day. Everyone was excited. The party would be fun was/were going to John was going to drive and Mary was going to follow on her bicycle. It was Friday. We were going to set off the next day. * the past continuous: It was September. Mary was starting school the next week. We were very busy. The shop was opening in two weeks' time.