My wife wrote some daily note in her diary and asked me to correct her writing. I tried to correct it for her but I wonder that do we have to use past tense all the time in such writing ?
Can we use other tenses in the same paragraph ?
I would say it depends on the context. Generally past tense is used to narrate finished events but you can still use other tenses. E.g. you could say:
I had a wonderful start of the day. I went to the office and had my lovely cup of coffee. This is the only beverage that makes me function in the morning ( present tense is used here because this remains true for the writer as a fact).
Again other tenses can be used. E.g. I bought my coffee from the coffeeshop that has recently been opened downstairs.
So maily past tense is used in diary writing as the writing usually takes care of daily happenings. Yet you can still use other tenses as appropriate.
Hope this helps.
The following is the diary writing of my wife - Pam.
Today is New Year Day. There is nothing special. I stayed at home,relax, watched TV., ate, drank, and talked, I enjoyed staying at home. I sang a song "Happy New Year to You" .
I'm not sure if the word "relax" need endind with ed or not ?
If my friend(s)visit me at home and I want to tell him/her(them)to feel free or relax, what should I say ?