Past or Present

Being able to tell a story or anecdote is an important skill in English.

Do you like telling stories?

In English you can tell a story or an anecdote in past simple tense (normal style) or present simple tense (exciting style). You should choose one stlye (or tense) and not change it.

However sometimes it is necessary to use a mixture of past simple and present simple tense.

Geographical Details

This interactive story mentions geographical details. When we mention geographical details in a past tense story, we usually use present tense.

Are you familiar with interactive Stories?

Look at the interactive story “River City 1- The Flight from Japan” . It is in present simple tense. Work through the story with your partner.

After you have finished the story in present simple tense, try it in past simple tense. Click here to see the past tense version: River City 1 The Flight from Japan – Past Tense Version

Overview of Tenses

Link to Overview of Tenses

Personal Narratives


Link to Personal Narratives

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2 Responses to “Past or Present”

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  1. WAYKAN says:

    IT WAS ONE DAY WHEN I WAS ONE CITY SOMALIA .ITS TWO MEN WORKED A HOUSE BOTH OF ON THE PROOF .THEY SUDDENLY STARED FIGHT EACH OTHER OF THEM GOT INJURY HEAD THAN POLICE MAN CAME TO ARRESTED BOTH OF THEM.THEIR IS NO PLACE TO ARRESTED BECAUSE TWO MEN BUILDING STATION .POLICE MAN RELEASE AND SAID QUICKLY TO FIX THE STATION.

    • wakee says:

      Hello everyone

      It is very fanastic story that everyone may interest how the men’s fighting was started while they were on the roof of a building but it was not mentioned why they fought and the police was not justified why he cought them if he has not where to arrested them because there is not any functioning police station that means no gevernemnt at all since 1991 and all stations had been destroyed. Therefore the police has got an idea of pursuing one of the two men to build the police station in order to arrest him and other one to let free but told him to comeback after finished the building of the station to put him in the jail as well

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