Thursday, May 04, 2017

past tense

When a sentence includes a phrase that refers to the past (such as yesterday, last month, in 1989, or during the 18th century), the verb should be in the past tense.

On occasion, the historical present is used when narrating past events. This should only be employed when the entire work is written in this manner. For instance, a report about J.R.R. Tolkien might include: The Hobbit is published in 1937.

Incorrect:
Why do you miss the meeting last week?
Correct:
Why did you miss the meeting last week?

Incorrect:
The cake is baked the other day.
Correct:
The cake was baked the other day.

Incorrect:
Last year, Patrick visits Florida.
Correct:
Last year, Patrick visited Florida.

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