pastperfect - The past perfect is formed by combining the...

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The past perfect is formed by combining the auxiliary verb "had" with the past participle. I had studied . He had written a letter to María. We had been stranded for six days. Because the past perfect is a compound tense, two verbs are required: the main verb and the auxiliary verb. I had studied. (main verb: studied ; auxiliary verb: had) He had written a letter to María. (main verb: written ; auxiliary verb: had) We had been stranded for six days. (main verb: been ; auxiliary verb: had) In Spanish, the past perfect tense is formed by using the imperfect tense of the auxiliary verb "haber" with the past participle. Haber is conjugated as follows: había habías había habíamos habíais habían You have already learned in a previous lesson that the past participle is formed by dropping the infinitive ending and adding either -ado or -ido. Remember, some past participles are irregular. The following examples all use the past participle for the verb "vivir." (yo) Había vivido. I had lived. (tú) Habías vivido. You had lived.
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(él) Había vivido. He had lived. (nosotros) Habíamos vivido. We had lived. (vosotros) Habíais vivido. You-all had lived. (ellos)
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