Plus-que-parfait

French Pluperfect

The plus-que-parfait is the past perfect tense of the indicative mood. It expresses an action that occurred before another action in the past: it could be called ''the past of the past."

The English past perfect is formed with ''had'' + past participle, while in French it's avoir or être in the imparfait + past participle.

For example

J'avais réussi à les convaincre.
I had managed to convince them.

Nous avions écouté
We had listened

See also: French Passé and All French tenses

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