Past perfect tense needs to be handled with care. It is most useful in the narrative genre and is seldom needed in Task 2 writing. However, Task 1 essays occasionally present an opportunity to use past perfect.
Let’s try an exercise! Follow my instructions carefully and attempt the tasks before reading my sample texts.
- Look at the following graph and attempt to describe it in two short paragraphs. The first paragraph will focus on general trends and will begin:
The second paragraph will describe details and will begin:
When you’re happy with your writing, you can read my sample text.
- Finished writing? OK now take a look at my sample text and analysis.
- Take another look at your own text. Did you use my past perfect structure? If not, can you edit your text so as to include it in at least one sentence? Please share your writing in the comments section!