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Trapassato prossimo and Subordinate Clauses

  1. The trapassato prossimo is often used in conjunction with other tenses to describe events that happened sequentially in the past. As a result, we often find the trapassato prossimo used with subordinate clauses, which convey the precise timing of these past events.

    In the following examples, both the subordinate clause and the verb phrase in the trapassato prossimo are presented in bold lettering. Observe how the trapassato prossimo is used with other past tenses to relate a series of events.

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