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The Past Perfect

The Past Perfect is used to refer to events occurring prior to a point in the past

The past perfect is used to refer to events occurring prior to a point in the past.

It takes the form of HAD+Past Participle.

The following text exemplifies this.

When Pedro Álvares Cabral first set foot on the American continent in 1500, human beings had already inhabited the area for 7,500 years. At the end of the last Ice Age peoples from Asia had crossed the Bering Straits and had set up colonies from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. Some argue that Black Africans had earlier traveled across the Indian and Pacific Oceans and had already established communities in South America, which were later supplanted by the Asiatic newcomers.


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