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Questions tagged [historical-present]

For questions about using the present tense when talking about things that happened in the past. Also known as narrative present or dramatic present.

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tense in answering a question about prose or poetry

Can anyone please tell me if I am asked questions in present tense from a prose and poem, should I give answers in present tense or in past tense? Here is the poem 'The Owl' by Edward Thomas from ...
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Historical present(tenses usage accuracy)

this is historical present usage Let's say you are a having a conversation with some random individual, your storytelling a past event during your childhood using present tense and you say: ''...
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dreams in the present tense

I have heard that you can talk about the content of movies and novels in the present tense. If you had a dream two weeks ago, could you talk about it today to someone in the present tense? Generally ...
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Confusion about the use of the present simple in a story

I am reading a plot summary of "Wuthering Heights", a story written by Emily Brontë. One day Mr Earnshaw, father of Catherine and Hindley, goes to Liverpool on business. When he returns, he brings ...
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Can you switch between past tense and historical present?

Both past tense and historical present are talking about things that happened in the past. Yet I've been told before it's incorrect to use them together. Is it incorrect to use them either in the ...
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Describing a past event with present tense

I borrowed this fake example from the other question (in my revisions). I saw a girl dancing at a club. [At that moment] I thought she (is/was ?) so attractive that I (can't/couldn't ?) help but ...
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Why not past tense?

In this transcript it tells a story: There's a story probably heard before: a brother and sister are abandoned in the woods by the parents. Soon they meet a witch, who locks the little boy in a ...