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 écoutéWe had listened

See also: French Passé and All French tenses

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level

Why not share the love?!

How has your day been?