#GrammarSeries – Know the difference between Past Tense and Past Perfect Tense


Hey Sparkle Writers, we know that you were probably thought this in elementary school but there’s nothing wrong in getting a refresher course right?

When you know your tenses correctly, your sentences will sound better and your words will make more impact.

There is a difference between the past tense and past perfect tense. Let us tell you about it.

The simple past tense, sometimes called the preterite, is used to talk about a completed action in a time before now. It is the basic form of past tense in English. The time of the action can be in the recent past or the distant past and action duration is not important.

Let’s look at these examples together.
  • We crossed the Sahara Desert yesterday.
  • My mum finished the food.

 Past Perfect Tense indicates that an action was completed (finished or “perfected”) at some point in the past before something else happened. This tense is formed with the past tense form of “to have” (HAD) plus the past participle of the verb (which can be either regular or irregular in form)

Look at this example

I had walked four miles before my uber arrived. 

I had run three other marathons before entering the Boston Marathon .

We hope you get the difference now.



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