Tense Shift. By Evodie and Liliana. Tense Shift. Verb tenses show time. A writer must be careful to use the tense ( present, past ,or future) that correctly shows the time of an event or action. .
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Evodie and Liliana
Verb tenses show time. A writer must be careful to use the tense ( present, past ,or future) that correctly shows the time of an event or action.
Problems with tense shift occur when a writer moves from one tense to another inappropriately.
I went to my room and I criedbecause I startthinking about sad moments.
I wentto my room and I cried because I startedthinking about sad moments.
Three ideas to keep your sentences straight tense to another inappropriately.
1.You should be consistent in your use of tenses. Don’t switch from one tense to another without a reason.
2. When writing about two events in a sentence, you must make sure that the sequence of events is clear. If one action happened before the other, you must make adjust the tenses of each action’s verbs.
3. True statements are always expressed in the present tense. “Mt. Everest is the world’s tallest peak.”