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So, what is it?

The Pluperfect tense is the 'distant past', saying the subject has done something.

So, how is the Pluperfect tense formed?

The Pluperfect tense is formed like this:

portav eram - I had carried

portav eras - you had carried (sing.)

portav erat - he had carried

portav eramus - we had carried

portav eratis - you had carried (pl.)

portav erant - they had carried

I'm still a bit confused, can you give me some examples?


festinaveratis - you had hurried

necaverat - he had killed

invitaveram - i had invited

habitaverant - they had lived

clamaveras - you had shouted

What are some sentances using this?

Rufilla ancillas, quae cubiculum paraverant, laudavit.

Rufilla praised the slave girls, who had prepared her bedroom.

Salvius me punivit, quod e villa fugeram.

Salvius punished me because I had fled from the house.

Sacerdotes, qui ad aram processerant, victimas sacrificaverunt.

The preist, who had advanced to the altar, sacrificed the victims.


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