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Grammar Tip: Past Perfect

Grammar Tip Past Perfect

Past perfect tip:

This verb tense is often used to express a cause and effect relationship in the past, made explicit by including the keyword because.

I went back home because I had forgotten my wallet.

My smartphone service stopped because I hadn’t paid the bill.

Another past perfect tip: it’s very good to use past perfect with when in a sentence involving two actions as it clarifies the chronology.

Compare the difference:

When I arrived at the club, the band had already started playing.

When I arrived at the club, the band started playing.

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