Past Perfect Simple: Form

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Form: Past Perfect Simple

For a full breakdown of the structure of the Past Perfect Simple, please see Recognise: Past Perfect Simple.


TO HAVE (Past Form) + PAST PARTICIPLE

I had studied


If you have problems forming the tense I propose this sequence, GO BACKWARDS!

  • BACKWARDS
  • First the Voice and then Aspects
    1. Take the tense to form, eg Past Perfect Passive of To FINISH
    2. What is the Passive of To FINISH? To BE finished
    3. What is the Perfect of To BE? To HAVE been finished
    4. TO HAVE BEEN FINISHED is the Perfect Passive of To Finish
  • Next going backwards is the MODAL,TENSE or STRUCTURE
    1. PAST Perfect Passive =
    2. HAD been finished
    3. CONDITIONAL Perfect Passive =
    4. WOULD have been finished
    5. PRESENT Perfect Passive =
    6. HAVE / HAS been finished
  • Next the PERSON
    • Now add the person, changing form where necessary
    • THEY + Past Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAD been finished
    • THEY + Conditional Perfect Passive
    • THEY WOULD have been finished
    • THEY + Present Perfect Passive
    • THEY HAVE been finished
  • M = MODIFY
    • Finally we look at the last modifiers:
    • Mood (indicative, interrogative, imperative)
    • Polarity (Positive or Negative)
    • Contractions (if you want a more informal style)
    • Changing where necessary.
    • Negative of They would come = THEY WOULDN'T COME
    • Question of We arrived = DID WE ARRIVE?
    • Negative Question of You should have come = SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE COME?

Forming the Past Perfect Simple...


PERSON she
TYPE positive
VERB to go
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Perfect
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
PERFECT TO HAVE GONE
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PAST HAD gone
PERSON
CONJUGATE SHE HAD gone
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION X
ANSWER:
She had gone

PERSON They
TYPE Question
VERB To eat
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Perfect
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
PERFECT TO HAVE EATEN
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PAST HAD eaten
PERSON
CONJUGATE THEY HAD eaten
MODIFY
NEGATIVE X
QUESTION HAD THEY eaten?
ANSWER:
Had they eaten?

PERSON You
TYPE Negative Question
VERB To cook
Tense/Modal/Structure Past
ASPECT(s) Perfect
VOICE Active
BACKWARDS
PERFECT TO HAVE COOKED
TENSE/ MODAL/ STRUCTURE
PAST HAD cooked
PERSON
CONJUGATE YOU HAD cooked
MODIFY
NEGATIVE YOU HADN'T cooked
QUESTION HADN'T YOU cooked?
ANSWER:
Hadn't you cooked?

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I
Negative Question
To Teach
Past
Perfect
Active

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Answer


Had I not taught?
Hadn't I taught?

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