In Spanish, there are two compound tenses that fall into the category of past perfect, with “perfect” referring to an action that was completed in the past. One of these tenses is referred to as the pluperfect, and the other, the preterite perfect. They are both compound verb forms that combine a form of the verb “haber”, conjugated in either the imperfect or preterit tense (depending on which form of the past perfect you’re using), along with the past participle of another verb, and are both the Spanish equivalent of saying you “had done something”.
Below, we will discuss the uses of these interesting tenses, as well as their conjugations, and finally, showing you what situations to use them in. If you are a newer student of Spanish and not quite sure how to dive into this language, this article on the best ways to learn Spanish will show you the best five options for getting started, and this course on the Massey Method for learning Spanish is taught by a former NSA agent.