How to Use Had to Show the Completed Action

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We can use had in a sentence to show the completed action in the past. We have learned to use have to show the completed action in the present. In this lesson, we shall learn how to use had to show the completed action. We can use had in the past tense.

Use of ‘had’ to explain the completed action

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We use an auxiliary verb had with the past participle of the main verb in a sentence.

  • In the past tense, we use ‘had with any singular and plural noun.

Formation of a sentence using ‘had’

In these past tense sentences, ‘had’ is used as an auxiliary verb.

We shall see how to form a sentence to explain the completed action.

The formation of a sentence showing the completed action in the past tense is as follows;

  • Subject (any singular or plural noun) + had + past participle of the main verb + other words.


Let’s see how to use ‘had’ in the sentences to explain the completed action with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. I had arranged all the beads in a garland.
  2. He had stood in front of her in the meeting.
  3. The inhabitants had appeared to me.
  4. I had already told them about this issue.
  5. You had told me then that the theatre was packed.
  6. We had gone the wrong way.
  7. She had forgotten to bring her lunch.
  8. They had paid too much for a single room in that hotel.
  9. A clutter of cats had scared a snake on the ground.
  10. I had set some rules for the students while working as a school principal.
  11. We had visited our grandma's town before vacation.
  12. They had rented a car to visit a castle on a mountain.
  13. A cat had caught four rats a day.
  14. You had bought dinner for us.
  15. All teachers had watched our performance.
  16. He had flown to Britain.
  17. I had competed in the English words competition before.
  18. We had done laundry last night.
  19. My friends had waited for me to watch a movie.
  20. The maid had cleaned the courtyard in front of our house.
  21. His brother had taught him a lesson in English.
  22. He had got a raise every year.
  23. Yesterday morning, he had jumped from a bar.
  24. My parents had lived in harmony all their life.
  25. She had lost all her money to cure her husband's illness.
  26. She had fed my kids.
  27. He had worked at an architectural firm for two years.
  28. You had sustained all the pains.
  29. She had kept me waiting for an hour.
  30. I had run my business from my home.

Related Lessons-

  1. Use of ‘am’ to explain the state of being
  2. Use of is to tell about the profession
  3. Use of pronoun these in questions
  4. Use of will in negative answers
  5. Use of have in the questions of completed action

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