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    If we use past tenses to write a diary, is it correct to use some present tenses in it?

    24 December 2011.

    Today is Christmas Eve. I went to Disyneyland with my friends. The place is wonderful. We took a lot of pictures with Mickey Mouse.


    Thank you.

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    Welcome to the forum, queeniech.

    If it's a personal diary, you can use whatever forms you wish.

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    Welcome to the forum, queeniech.

    It's just fine as it is. In any case, you can write whatever you want in your diary. Only you will see it, right?

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    Thank you, Mr 5jj and Rover_KE.

    If a teacher asks the students to use past tenses to write diary as homework. How should we do? Does it make sense to write," Today was Christmas Eve. Disyneyland was a wonderful place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thank you, Mr 5jj and Rover_KE.

    If a teacher asks the students to use past tenses to write diary as homework. How should we do? Does it make sense to write," Today was Christmas Eve. Disyneyland was a wonderful place.
    If you imagine yourself at the end of the day writing your diary, perhaps in bed, it would make perfect sense to write something like "Had a great day today. We went to London and visited the museums."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you imagine yourself at the end of the day writing your diary, perhaps in bed, it would make perfect sense to write something like "Had a great day today. We went to London and visited the museums."
    Thanks bhaisahab,

    If a teacher asked the students to write weekly Journals using past tenses, the topic is 'Mother's day', is it correct to write "Today is 'Mother's Day" at the beginning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thanks bhaisahab,

    If a teacher asked the students to write weekly Journals using past tenses, the topic is 'Mother's day', is it correct to write "Today is 'Mother's Day" at the beginning?
    I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you saying that you have "mothers day" as a topic for a weekly journal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'm not sure I understand your question. Are you saying that you have "mothers day" as a topic for a weekly journal?
    Thanks again, bhaisahab.

    Exactly.

    Is it correct to write as follows?

    1.Today is 'Mother's day". My family and I went to Disyneyland......Disyneyland is a wonderful place to go.

    2. Can we write "Disyneyland was a wonderful place to go" in the weekly Journal. If we use past tense, would it imply Disyneyland has closed down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thanks again, bhaisahab.

    Exactly.

    Is it correct to write as follows?

    1.Today is 'Mother's day". My family and I went to Disneyland......Disyneyland is a wonderful place to go. Yes.

    2. Can we write "Disneyland was a wonderful place to go" in the weekly Journal. If we use past tense, would it imply Disneyland has closed down? Yes, that's fine, it means that for you at that time Disneyland was wonderful.
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    Default Re: "Today is" in a diary

    If I were writing in the diary at the beginning of the day, I would use "Today is Mother's Day and we are going to Disneyland. I'm really excited!" The present tense refers to the present for Mother's Day and to the future with "we are going" to Disneyland.

    If I were writing in the diary at the end of the day, after the trip, I would say "It was Mother's Day today and we went to Disneyland. Disneyland is fantastic!"

    I would use the past tense for what today was, where you went but you can still say that Disneyland "is" fantastic because, in your opinion, that's a permanent fact.

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