As mentioned above, the story is written in simple present. The character, however, has an internal monologue about the past. Do I use simple past or past perfect?


You could use either, but if you are going to use simple past make sure the relative times of events are clear. Also, if this internal monologue is a direct dialogue from the subject (if you're using quotation marks), I'd use the simple past because the past setting that the story's taking place is the present in the subject's mind.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.