Past Perfect Tense talks about those actions which started in the Past and also done in the Past Time. Usually, a long time ago and action which has occurred in past before another action in past and for Past perfect passive voice tense.

Completed Action

A completed action before past simple.


Formula: Subject + Helping Verb + Verb 3rd(form) + Object

  • Alina had made food.
  • They had watched the movie.
  • When they reached the station, The train had gone.

More Examples

Here are some Past Perfect tense examples.

Note: For Negative Sentences of we will simply add Not after the verb.

  • Negative: He had not been in I.C.U for two hours.
  • Interrogative: Had he been in I.C.U for two hours?
  • Neg. Int: Had he not been in I.C.U for two hours?

  • Negative: I had not had a bike for one year.
  • Interrogative: Had I had a bike for one year?
  • Neg. Int: Had I not had a bike for one year?


Here are some basics past perfect tense rules of using Since and For.

Since (Starting Point) For (Time Duration)
Since Morning For Five Hours
Since 1990 For Ten Years
Since Childhood For Two Days
Since August For Three Hours