from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or being a verb tense used to express action completed before a specified or implied past time.
- adj. More than perfect; supremely accomplished; ideal: "He has won a reputation as [a] pluperfect bureaucrat” ( New York Times).
- n. The pluperfect tense, formed in English with the past participle of a verb and the auxiliary had, as had learned in the sentence He had learned to type by the end of the semester. Also called past perfect.
- n. A verb or form in the pluperfect tense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. More than perfect
- adj. Pertaining to action completed before or at the same time as another
- n. The pluperfect tense
- n. A verb in this tense
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. More than perfect; past perfect; -- said of the tense which denotes that an action or event was completed at or before the time of another past action or event.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting the time, or the expression of time, of an action occurring prior to another specified time: as, the pluperfect tense.
- n. In grammar, the pluperfect tense of a verb, or an equivalent verb-phrase: for example, Latin amaveram, English ‘I had loved.’
- In music, augmented: said of intervals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. more than perfect
- n. a perfective tense used to express action completed in the past
Why in pluperfect hvell does he think we even have an economic meltdown?
The "I knew" at the beginning of this sentence is pluperfect, which is past time, completed aspect, and is literally "I had known," but that doesn't sound right in English.
My cousin, who unfortunately has the curse of a state education to bear, recently asked what the pluperfect tense was.
There's no room for self-pity in reality, no pretense in the pluperfect present.
“Thriller” was not so much innovation as it was pluperfect power pop.
I think that “trod” is the the correct participle to form the pluperfect past subjunctive, eg: “Had I trod on it, the snake would have bitten me.”
Not really on-topic, but I just saw an even more painful pluperfect subjunctive joke for those who speak french.
My theory is that “pluperfect” is just a funny word, just as ducks, hippos, and certain northern city (Saskatchewan, Walla Walla, Sheboygan) are inherently funny.
Malvolio: My theory is that “pluperfect” is just a funny word, just as ducks, hippos, and certain northern city (Saskatchewan, Walla Walla, Sheboygan) are inherently funny.
Enh. I always edit that one to get rid of “pluperfect subjunctive.”