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Unformatted text preview: The past perfect tense illustrated above is translated as: I had written, you had written, he had written, we had written, they had written, and so on. The past perfect (pluperfect) tense is used when you are speaking about a time in the past and you want to indicate that something had already been completed before that time. For example, Yo haba llamado dos veces antes de visitarles ayer . I had called twice before visiting them yesterday . establishes that you are referring to a past time. Preterit perfect (past anterior) The pluperfect explained above is also called the past perfect because it is what a Spanish speaker will naturally use to express the fact that an action was already completed at some point in the past. When the past participle is used with a helping verb conjugated in the preterit rather than the...
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- Fall '09