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    "Use present tense to state facts, to refer to perpetual or habitual actions, and to discuss your own ideas or those expressed by an author in a particular work. Also use present tense to describe action in a literary work, movie, or other fictional narrative. Occasionally, for dramatic effect, you may wish to narrate an event in present tense as though it were happening now. If you do, use present tense consistently throughout the narrative, making shifts only where appropriate."

    [Source taken from: Verb Tenses: Verb Tense Consistency - The OWL at Purdue]

    I want know what it means of perpetual or habitual actions and literary work.
    Also, fictional narratives are not factual stories, right?

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    Default Re: Use of PRE-TEN

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    "Use present tense to state facts, to refer to perpetual or habitual actions, and to discuss your own ideas or those expressed by an author in a particular work. Also use present tense to describe action in a literary work, movie, or other fictional narrative. Occasionally, for dramatic effect, you may wish to narrate an event in present tense as though it were happening now. If you do, use present tense consistently throughout the narrative, making shifts only where appropriate."
    [Source taken from: Verb Tenses: Verb Tense Consistency - The OWL at Purdue]
    I want know what it means of perpetual or habitual actions and literary work.
    Also, fictional narratives are not factual stories, right?
    Thanks,
    Perpetual action: The Earth orbits the Sun. [It does it all the time, without stopping.]

    Habitual action: He showers before breakfast [He does it every day, as matter of habit/custom.]

    Literary work: It is midnight and there is a full moon. [Part of a novel/poem/essay/novella/short story - anything written to be enjoyed.]

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    Default Re: Use of PRE-TEN

    Just to confirm, habitual actions are only to do with our habits or every day work, right?

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    Default Re: Use of PRE-TEN

    To do with habits, yes. That can relate to daily work patterns; but any pattern would do: We go on holiday every summer.

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    Default Re: Use of PRE-TEN

    By the time Senator finishes (Present tense= habitual action) his speeches, the audience has no interest.

    Here, does it mean that Senator does this kind of speeches quite often, which is almost everyday, is a habitual action?

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    No. Habitual in this sense, his speeches are always too long.

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    ...does these kinds of speeches...

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