THE USE OF THE PLUPERFECT IN THE CORPUS OF EARLY ENGLISH CORRESPONDENCE
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The study shows that the primary function of the pluperfect tense in the corpus of early English correspondence (15th-17th centuries) was the expression of counterfactuality rather than anteriority. Its use to refer to pre-past actions was by no means obligatory, especially if other exponents of anteriority were present. Some attention is also paid to the variation between the auxiliary verbs be and have.
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