Onderstreep waar de past perfect gebruikt wordt:
I had a terrible day today. It started badly and just got worse.
I woke up late because I'd forgotten to set my alarm clock. Because I was late, I ran to the train station but when I got there I realised I hadn't brought my season ticket. I missed my train.
By the time I arrived at work, the staff meeting had already started. I really wanted to finish work at the usual time of 5pm because I wanted to see my favourite band at a concert. But I couldn’t leave on time because I hadn’t completed the report my boss had asked for.
I left work late - and by the time I arrived at the concert venue, the band had already finished playing. I wept like a child.