Getting tense with verbs
|What's going on – or was going on?|
|Should you write in the past or present?|
Many students get into difficulties when they are writing about events that have happened in the past, but still have implications for the present. Barbara's dilemma, presented below, may be familiar to anyone who has had to write about the ideas of the ancient Greeks (and other long-dead authors).
Abel has arrived first at the café as Barbara has stopped to pick up her essay.
He's skimming through a chapter of a book that he needs for his tutorial. He is
soon interrupted when Barbara does arrive; she's obviously in a bad mood. She