Paradigm Plusquamperfekt

Paradigm Plusquamperfekt - The words nachdem (after) and...

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Paradigm: So far you have learned two tenses that are used to talk about events that happened in the past: the  Perfekt and the Imperfekt.  As you remember, the Perfekt is often used in spoken language, and the Imperfekt is used in written  language. The exceptions are sein and haben, which even in spoken language are often used in the  Imperfekt.  Now, we are adding the Plusquamperfekt (Pluperfect).  The Plusquamperfekt is used to refer to events that happen before other events, all of which are in the  past. So for example, if you showered (3 hours ago) and ate breakfast (two hours ago), the showering  would be described in the Plusquamperfekt and the breakfast in the Imperfekt. 
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Unformatted text preview: The words nachdem (after) and bevor (before) require that you used the Plusquamperfekt. The Plusquamperfekt is put together by using pieces from both the Perfekt and the Imperfekt. Your helping verb will be conjugated in the Imperfekt, but the rest of the sentence will remain the same as it is in the Pefekt. Ich habe viel gegessen . > Ich hatte viel gegessen . Lets see this in action. ein Buch lesen (4 hours ago) einen Film sehen (2 hours ago). Nachdem ich ein Buch gelesen hatte , sah ich einen Film. Bevor ich einen Film sah , hatte ich ein Buch gelesen . 1...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course GERM 102 taught by Professor Langston during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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