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Use of historic present

Angela D.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Use of historic present

We are asked to use the historic present for one small section and then revert to the past tenses. I’m not clear why there is that change. Whenever I have seen the historic present used at various sites, they maintain it all the way through.

Asked 3 years ago
Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Angela,

Is it not the case that part of the text is quoted from historic documents?

Then goes on to explain the more recent historic status based upon what happened in those times.

I'm guessing that this may be the explanation?

Jim

Use of historic present

We are asked to use the historic present for one small section and then revert to the past tenses. I’m not clear why there is that change. Whenever I have seen the historic present used at various sites, they maintain it all the way through.

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