What is the difference between the perfect tense and pluperfect tense?

1 Answer
Dec 22, 2016

The perfect tense indicates that an action was/is/will be completed before some other action.
The pluperfect indicates that the action was completed before some other action in the past.


The pluperfect (sometimes called the past perfect) is a perfect verb tense form describing an action completed before some other past action.

Pluperfect/Past Perfect
We had washed the dishes before Mother came home.

Present Perfect
We have washed the dishes.

Future Perfect
We will have washed the dishes before Mother gets home.