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    Default Present tense or past tense?

    I have some questions regarding the use of present tense and past tense in an essay which talks about a past event.

    I saw a disabled beggar when i was walking to my working place.I am a lucky person compared to the beggar as i have a good family and i have been working in a company for five years.I gave a sigh before i passed by the poor beggar.

    Is it grammatically correct to use present tense for the second sentence?I saw the beggar maybe two or three days ago but i am confused whether i should use present tense or past tense when i describe my condition at the time i saw the beggar(have a family and working in a company).

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    I saw a disabled beggar as I was walking to my place of work.
    I am a lucky person compared to the beggar, as I have a good family and have been working for a company for five years. I sighed as I passed by the poor beggar.

    I, capital I, always.

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    Default Re: Present tense or past tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by eowsy View Post
    I have some questions regarding the use of present tense and past tense in an essay which talks about a past event.

    I saw a disabled beggar when i was walking to my working place.I am a lucky person compared to the beggar as i have a good family and i have been working in a company for five years.I gave a sigh before i passed by the poor beggar.

    Is it grammatically correct to use present tense for the second sentence?I saw the beggar maybe two or three days ago but i am confused whether i should use present tense or past tense when i describe my condition at the time i saw the beggar(have a family and working in a company).
    You also need to leave a space after a period or question mark.
    Your English is good. It's a pity to spoil it simply due to a lack of care with spacing. English native readers will often notice poor presentation before they realise that your English is actually quite good.

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