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    Tenses when telling a story

    Hi,

    if I am talking about a movie should i use the present or past tense. For example should i say he feels in love with her then he ends up killing her etc.." Or "he fall in love with her and he ended up killing her..."
    thx

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    Re: Tenses when telling a story

    In summarizing a movie (or a novel, poem, story) use the present, though you may use the past if it seems more natural to do so. But whichever tense you use, be consistent with it up to the end.


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    Re: Tenses when telling a story

    Bianca, is there a special name for this use of the present tense? My son ran afoul of it in a recent school essay & I wasn't sure how to help him.

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    Re: Tenses when telling a story

    Thanks, Casiopea. Yes, that was it. I thought the essay looked okay, but I must have been blinded by maternal love. :)

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