Read the story written as a reported event past. The discovery of gold, and the wonderful stories of the mild climate and rich soil were reasons for my family, like most other pioneers, to go West.
Here's what I'm familiar with: Some readers find present-tense more immediate and, well, tense.
Some readers take issue with past-tense narration, seeing it as an unjustified device: If somebody's telling us this story, who is it? Why is he telling us the story? If the narration is first-person, that means the narrator must have made it through the story pretty OK, no?
Most readers accept above issues as unimportant side-effects of convention. I think a lot of people find past-tense more natural because present-tense storytelling is not something you encounter in day to day life.
In real life, people tell you things that have happened; it's rare to be subjected to a real-time report. Think of the exceptions - e.
And those kind of reports would probably be exhausting to listen to for too long of a stretch. Fiction presents things happening "now" in a medium used primarily to describe things already over.
That's where the issue comes from. But in most cases, I think that readers prefer the comfort of more familiar phrasing over the increased accuracy of using a more appropriate tense.
The familiarity makes the inaccuracies accepted and invisible. As Kate said, current convention favors past-tense writing, so all other considerations aside - anything else may feel somewhat jarring or unusual to many readers.
And both are popular, familiar and accepted enough that you can really pick whichever feels most comfortable and appropriate for you, as long as you remain consistent within a single piece.Present Perfect and Simple Past. Write the present perfect or simple past of the verb in brackets in the spaces of the following stories.
Jim's Car Accident Jim (have) three accidents this year. Writing exercises for ESL Learners. This section of the ESL site contains many exercises for beginning learners to practice various types of writing or writing task.
Apr 17, · (Use both present perfect continuous and present continuous to describe things you have been doing and things you're still doing.) Past Tense Writing Prompts I'll present the past tense writing prompts in much the same way, although I strongly encourage teachers and students to recombine them as they see fit, and to explore the ways each tense Reviews: Nov 01, · To describe an experience The present perfect tense connects the past with the present.
When using this verb tense, we can be talking about . Writing Advice Past Tense or Present Tense? November 8, while the more solidly-anchored past tense can make it perfect for the more sophisticated relationship to time that a main narrative needs. In other words, because past and present tense have such different effects on the experience of the story, you’d be mad to make sweeping.
Students learn about the two uses of the present perfect in this lesson. They'll also learn about the common time markers (for, since, all, already, still, yet, ever, never, recently, lately) and practice using them in various grammar exercises and speaking activities.