Past Perfect Tense ( Concept )
http://purl.org/linguistics/gold/PastPerfectTense


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      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Property
                  |_ Morphosemantic Property
                        |_ Tense Property
                              |_ Past Perfect Tense


Definition:

A tense in which the event that the speaker is referring to precedes the time of the state of affairs denoted by the sentence. Also referred to as 'past in past' form. Past perfect can also be used modally to represent situations as non-factual or counterfactual. [Michaelis 2006: 223; Depraetere and Reed 2006: 271]


Usage Notes

Examples
Language Code: mlt In this Maltese example of the past perfect, the tense of the auxiliary 'to be' locates a a past or future reference point relative to which the main verb occurs.
2009-06-04 13:28:08
kienqatel
he.washe.kill
He had been killing.

References:
Comrie (1985:77)


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