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    Red face Tenses (all) & Aspect

    Hello forum! :D

    I am sorry I am back again with questions, but I have read Wikipedia, searched over my encyclopedias, did google research and even went to the library for further research. But most of them were either small articles, or were pretty hard to understand.

    I don't think I understand Past perfect, pluperfect and past participle correctly. I thought Past perfect was pluperfect, but supposedly I am not right and that the differences I thought Past Perfect had from Past participle, is wrong as well. I hear Past perfect can mean several things, but I cannot find anything that suggests it or even says it. I tried everywhere...

    Could someone help me with the tenses and their differences, and Aspect?

    Thank you very much for reading,

    Kaylee~

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    Re: Tenses (all) & Aspect

    In English the pluperfect is usually called the past perfect tense

    The Past pefect is formed by a combination of the past participle
    of the main verb preceded by the conjugated form of the verb 'to have'.

    I suggest you look at the link below and contact me if you still
    don't understand.

    Pluperfect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Tenses (all) & Aspect

    @bwk:
    Unfortunately, I couldn't understand Wiki's article for the Pluperfect. I gave it another read after you posted the link, but...

    @Tdol:
    So Past perfect and Pluperfect are the same thing, right?

    And past perfect is formed with HAD + Past Participle? Will the past perfect always have HAD in it? I am told it doesn't all of the time... >.>

    After reading Past Participle, it sounds like it is just Past perfect, present perfect (etc).

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    Re: Tenses (all) & Aspect

    Kaylee:

    In your original posting you said:

    I thought Past perfect was pluperfect, but supposedly I am not right

    As we explained in our response, you were right. The past perfect tense
    and the pluperfect are two names for the same thing in Englsih.

    and that the differences I thought Past Perfect had from Past participle, is wrong as well.

    Do you now understand that the past participle is used to make the
    past perfect tense by combining it with the simple past form of the verb
    to have (had). In other words the past participle is one of the two
    parts ol the past perfect tense.

    After reading Past Participle, it sounds like it is just Past perfect, present perfect (etc).

    No, the past participle is just one of the two parts of both the present perfect and the past perfect tenses.

    Make sure you understand the differences between the present perfect and past perfect tenses. If you need help let us know.

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