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    past or present tense verbs

    When writing a composition about 'A Visit to the Zoo' should I use the present or past tense verbs?.

    Last Sunday, I went to the zoo. There were/are many many animals there.

    The first animal I saw was the giraffe. It has/had a long neck. It is/was very tall, much taller than me.

    Which verbs in bold should I use?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: past or present tense verbs

    Use the past tense to describe the event;e.g., I went to the zoo; I saw animals. Use the present tense to talk about facts; e.g., the giraffe has a long neck; it is very tall.

    Does that help?

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    Re: past or present tense verbs

    Thanks, Casiopea. It certainly helps.

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    Post Re: past or present tense verbs

    [quote=kohyoongliat;176994]When writing a composition about 'A Visit to the Zoo' should I use the present or past tense verbs?.

    Last Sunday, I went to the zoo. There are many animals there.

    The first animal I saw was the giraffe. It has a long neck. It is very tall, much taller than me.

    According to my teacher, if there are still animals at the zoo and the giraffe still has the characteristics, use the present tense.

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    Re: past or present tense verbs

    Thanks, Mamen.

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