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    Default present simple and past simple in one sentence

    "Augustine moves to England in 597 and takes up residence in Kent. Eventually he became first bishop of Canterbury." Can I start with the present simple and go on with the past simple? Does first bishop take the definite article?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Augustine moves to England in 597 and takes up residence in Kent. Eventually he became the first Bishop of Canterbury." Can I start with the present simple and go on with the past simple? Stylistically, it jars and should be avoided.

    Does first bishop take the definite article? Yes.
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    Suppose I was not delivering a lecture and was talking to my friends? Would it sound awkward?

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    Default Re: present simple and past simple in one sentence

    To me it would sound awkward. You should stick to one tense so tell the story either in the past or present - using present simple would make it more alive, add more action/interest to it.

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    Default Re: present simple and past simple in one sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    To me it would sound awkward. You should stick to one tense so tell the story either in the past or present - using present simple would make it more alive, add more action/interest to it.
    Sentences that express the same idea or refer to the same person should either be in the present simple or the past simple.
    "..........moves.......takes up residence....becomes..."

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    Default Re: present simple and past simple in one sentence

    Actually, he became the first Archbishop of Canterbury. (Wikipedia)

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