Dear Ajarn Ken,
Can you tell me please, how to use the past perfect tense. When is it that I can use it best?
Emy from Spain
OK, it can be very easy - When you want to say that something in the past was affected by something that happened prior to that, you can use this tense. For example:
- When I got to Wembley, the concert had started.
- After he had served his time, the criminal was released.
- By the time Mark arrived at the party, everyone had left.
You should note that the past participle form of the main verbs (started / served / left) are used after the past tense form of the auxiliary or helping verb verb have (had).
Hope this answers your question!
Thanks for your email.