The Spanish past anterior tense (also called pretérito anterior) is rarely used in modern Spanish. It has been replaces by the past perfect tense. The past anterior tense was used to describe an event or action that took place right before something else.

How To Use:
past anterior of "haber" + past participle of verb
Habimos confrontado el enemigo. We had already confronted the enemy.

The following charts show the verb “endings” for all regular verbs in the Past Anterior Tense. You will notice that all uses of the past anterior use the verb haber.

Remember: these verb charts are only a tool to use while one is learning the language. In other words, one must eventually forget the verb chart and it must become second nature.

Personal Pronoun Ending Example (haber)
Yo -e habe
Tu -iste habiste
El/Ella -o habo
Nosotros -imos habimos
Vosotros -ísteis habisteis
Ellos/Ellas -ieron habieron
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