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In relation to you not meeting me at the train station yesterday:

'I wake up early, travel all that way, wait for you in the rain, and you don't meet me!'

Is this not the simple present being used with a past meaning?

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It can mean the future, too, as in He takes the bar exam Thursday or When I die you can have the furniture. –  Jason Orendorff Mar 26 '11 at 6:29
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Bleak House is written largely in the present tense. Er, was written. –  Jason Orendorff Mar 26 '11 at 6:30

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Essentially, yes. As in various languages, the simple present can be used to denote a "past action as though unfolding before your eyes".

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protected by RegDwigнt Apr 30 '12 at 13:00

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