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    abasgohari is offline Newbie
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    Default the tense of the verbs

    in an iterview for example in ielts speaking exam when you are being asked about a movie or a novel in which tense we are suppose to retell the story : past tense or present tense

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    Default Re: the tense of the verbs

    You can do either - but keep to the one tense throughout.

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    Default Re: the tense of the verbs

    You may use either, but the present tense is generally more engaging, or exciting. Some, however, will disagree. I believe that being consistant in the tense is imporant, and then it's how you tell the story.

    The thing to avoid is mixing tenses: He comes to an abrupt stop and looks into his rear view mirror and saw the police lights flashing. That is clearly wrong. It is no wonder the Language Police were chasing him!

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    Default Re: the tense of the verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    The thing to avoid is mixing tenses: He comes to an abrupt stop and looks into his rear view mirror and saw the police lights flashing.
    If, say, we're talking about something that happened to us, we will sometimes start in the past and then move into the present as it gets more interesting, though.

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