The meeting ____________ by the time they arrived.
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  • Past Perfect (had + Past Participle) expresses an action which happened before another past action or before a stated time in the past. By the time he showed up for the meeting, it had already finished. Add "not" to "had" to make a negative sentence. I hadn't finished my homework when you came. "Had" is used to ask questions and give answers. Had you met him before he was introduced to you at the party? - No, I hadn't.

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