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    Could you proofread these explanations on narrative tenses please? (2)

    Hi teachers,
    Could you proofread these explanations please?

    Using the Past Progressive in Narrative
    The past progressive can also be used to narrate a situation that was in progress over a period of time in the past, during which another event either interrupted it or occurred.

    Using the Present Progressive in Narrative
    The present progressive can sometimes be used to narrate a situation that was in progress over a period of time in the past. We also use this tense to make the story more interesting, more emphatic, and more vivid, like it is occurring now.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Could you proofread these explanations on narrative tenses please? (2)

    For the first one, you've explained it well, but you seem to have got it a bit wrong with the second; it is an aspect in the present tense and you're saying it can be used to describe an event in the past. Exactly how does that work?

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    Re: Could you proofread these explanations on narrative tenses please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    For the first one, you've explained it well, but you seem to have got it a bit wrong with the second; it is an aspect in the present tense and you're saying it can be used to describe an event in the past. Exactly how does that work?
    As L54 suggested, the use of the present tense can make a past narrative more vivid.

    I see the heavies move in and head for the door, but the fat guy beats me to it. I am in trouble.

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    Re: Could you proofread these explanations on narrative tenses please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    As L54 suggested, the use of the present tense can make a past narrative more vivid.

    I see the heavies move in and head for the door, but the fat guy beats me to it. I am in trouble.
    Hi5jj,
    Thank you for your reply. You made my day.

    Best,
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    Re: Could you proofread these explanations on narrative tenses please? (2)

    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    For the first one, you've explained it well, but you seem to have got it a bit wrong with the second; it is an aspect in the present tense and you're saying it can be used to describe an event in the past. Exactly how does that work?

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    Hi Calis,
    See 5jj's reply. I couldn't have said it in a better way.

    Best,
    L54

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