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    writing a summary

    Could someone explain to me what are the criteria when writing a summary?
    I read in different papers that it is important to use the simple present. But does it mean that you cannot use any other tenses? And if yes, when?
    Besides, is there any difference in the procedure of a summary depending on whether you are summarizing a literary text or a newspaper article?
    and the last question [sorry for soo many questions ] is:
    what is the difference between a summary and a news report?

    I truly appreciate your help.
    Many thanks in advance
    regards

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    Re: writing a summary

    What are writing a summary of? Who do you have to write a summary for, and why have they not told you what sort of summary they want.
    You can use any tense in a summary - it depends on what you're summarizing.
    A news report is a report that contains news. The content of a summary depends on the original material.

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