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The Time Traveller's Verbs, Part 1: Telling Campfire Tales

“So we’re waiting for the tyrannosaurus to make up its mind: is it going to charge us, or not? The Captain and I brace ourselves, and…” 1,369 more words


The Moonshine Gargleblaster

Mechanics, punctuation, verb tenses, and the like

I used to think I couldn’t allow these, to intrude on my story.

I’ve since come to realize that without proper attention to these… 12 more words


Verb tense makes me tense!

Verb tense is one of the most common things I edit for in dissertations.  According to APA 6, verb tense should be in past or present perfect.   221 more words

Feeling Tense

Most writing is in the simple past tense.  The past tense feels comfortable, and it is also the way most of us think.  Journalism uses the simple past tense, which is why all the quotations end with “said.”  It is the way we tell stories and share anecdotes with each other: … 619 more words