Building the past perfect in Serbian:

If you really love reading Serbian novels, you will encounter the Serbian past perfect.
Today this verb form is mostly vanished from spoken language and only found in literature.
So, you don't have to be actively able to build the tense – it's enough to recognise it when you read it in a text.

General rule for building the past perfect:

past tense of “biti” + past participle

If you want to look up the corresponding chapters, please visit the chapter on the past tense form of “biti” and the rules and explanations on building the past participle of Serbian verbs.

For example:
m: Ја сам био ишао / ja sam bio išao
f: Ја сам bila ишла / ja sam bila išla
(I had gone)


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