History UsefulNotes / Tenses

28th Apr '16 3:48:38 AM Tdarcos
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For example, when I finish writing it, and press the 'save' button, this sentence will be written on this screen in future tense. Ordinarily, however, as I am now doing I would write this sentence in present tense. Just as while I had written the previous sentence in present tense, this sentence was written in past tense. Unless there is some special reason - a flashback or someone describing something that had happened, in which case past tense is used; or if someone is describing an expected future event, then future tense should be used - writing is usually done in present tense.

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For example, when I finish writing it, and press the 'save' button, this sentence will be written on this screen in future tense. Ordinarily, however, as I am now doing doing, I would write this sentence in present tense. Just as while I had written the previous sentence in present tense, this sentence was written in past tense. Unless there is some special reason - a flashback or someone describing something that had happened, in which case past tense is used; or if someone is describing an expected future event, then future tense should be used - writing is usually done in present tense.
28th Apr '16 3:11:27 AM Tdarcos
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For example, this sentence is written in present tense. If a less experienced writer inserts a quote in past tense here, like "He trashed the place!", [[SelfDemonstratingArticle they tended to fall]] into the past tense afterward, copying the tense of the quote.

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For example, when I finish writing it, and press the 'save' button, this sentence is will be written on this screen in future tense. Ordinarily, however, as I am now doing I would write this sentence in present tense. Just as while I had written the previous sentence in present tense, this sentence was written in past tense. Unless there is some special reason - a flashback or someone describing something that had happened, in which case past tense is used; or if someone is describing an expected future event, then future tense should be used - writing is usually done in present tense.

If a less experienced writer inserts a quote in past tense here, like "He trashed the place!", [[SelfDemonstratingArticle they tended to fall]] into the past tense afterward, copying the tense of the quote.
17th Feb '15 7:09:45 AM hbi2k
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Many languages, in order to distinguish between the past, present and future, have something called "verb tenses". This trope happens when someone makes the common amateur writing mistake of unintentionally shifting to a different tense. Most commonly, this involves shifting between past and present tense, and seems to most often come up in describing actions after a piece of dialogue.

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Many languages, in order to distinguish between the past, present and future, have something called "verb tenses". This trope happens Trouble occurs when someone makes the common amateur writing mistake of unintentionally shifting to a different tense. Most commonly, this involves shifting between past and present tense, and seems to most often come up in describing actions after a piece of dialogue.
23rd Dec '14 11:25:58 AM LaStella
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In English, and in many romance languages, an additional confounding factor is the notion of verbal ''mood'', which unfortunately shares similar patterns of conjugation as verbal ''tense''. Most writing in English is in the ''Declarative'' mood, and follows the normal rules for tense conjugation. However, if a person wishes to convey possibility, desire, or something contrary to fact, they might use the ''Subjunctive'' mood, which if used properly can look like hideously incorrect usage of the normal declarative mood. Constructions in the subjunctive mood sound like "if I ''were''... then I ''would be''", and so forth. The Subjunctive is most common in a First Person Narrative, when the character is reflecting, remembering, or giving an opinion. [[note]]Although, English - luckily enough - is rather loose with the use of the subjunctive (some would say [[RunningGag 'inconsistent']]) when compared to languages such as Spanish. For example, ''if I was going to'' is used as frequently as the grammatically-correct ''if I were going to''.[[/note]]

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In English, and as in many romance Indoeuropean languages, an additional confounding factor is the notion of verbal ''mood'', which unfortunately shares similar patterns of conjugation as verbal ''tense''. Most writing in English is in the ''Declarative'' mood, and follows the normal rules for tense conjugation. However, if a person wishes to convey possibility, desire, or something contrary to fact, they might use the ''Subjunctive'' mood, which if used properly can look like hideously incorrect usage of the normal declarative mood. Constructions in the subjunctive mood sound like "if I ''were''... then I ''would be''", and so forth. The Subjunctive is most common in a First Person Narrative, when the character is reflecting, remembering, or giving an opinion. [[note]]Although, English - luckily enough - is rather loose with the use of the subjunctive (some would say [[RunningGag 'inconsistent']]) when compared to languages such as Spanish. For example, ''if I was going to'' is used as frequently as the grammatically-correct ''if I were going to''.[[/note]]
13th Jun '14 3:28:22 PM hbi2k
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'''NOTE:''' On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that '''events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary.''' For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."

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'''NOTE:''' On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that '''events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary.''' For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."
" ''See also:'' Administrivia/HowToWriteAnExample.
3rd Jun '14 1:10:07 PM kerani
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This mistake is described in the Webpage/TurkeyCityLexicon under "Not Simultaneous".

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This mistake is described in the Webpage/TurkeyCityLexicon Website/TurkeyCityLexicon under "Not Simultaneous".
3rd Jun '14 9:39:36 AM kerani
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This mistake is described in the TurkeyCityLexicon under "Not Simultaneous".

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This mistake is described in the TurkeyCityLexicon Webpage/TurkeyCityLexicon under "Not Simultaneous".
30th Apr '14 4:38:32 PM hbi2k
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On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that '''events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary.''' For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."

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On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that '''events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary.''' For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."
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30th Apr '14 4:36:43 PM hbi2k
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'''On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary. For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."'''

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'''On On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that events '''events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary. necessary.''' For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."'''
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30th Apr '14 4:35:43 PM hbi2k
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'''On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary. For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."'''



On a site such as this one which is largely concerned with the discussion of fiction, it is important to note that events which take place in a fictional timeline should properly be phrased exclusively in the present tense, although events that take place in the real world in relation to them may be in the past or future tense as necessary. For example, "Yesterday I watched the episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' in which Picard is assimilated," or, "Next season on ''Series/GameOfThrones'' we will finally get to watch as Joffrey gets his comeuppance."
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