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perfect tense, plural perfect tenses
- a verb form indicating that an action or state has been completed at the present time, in the past, or will be completed in the future. English has three perfect tenses:
|Verb||Present perfect||Past perfect||Future perfect|
|love||has/have loved||had loved||will/shall have loved|
|go||has/have gone||had gone||will/shall have gone|
In addition to the regular perfect tenses, English can create other variations with various other auxiliary verbs. The verb phrase in the main clause of the first example could be called a conditional perfect tense:
- "He would have ridden his bicycle if it had not rained."
- "She was about to have gone home." (Or "She was going to have gone home.")
- "They had been going for a swim every Thursday."
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