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What tense should I use in post-reading questions if the author himself uses both Present Simple and Past Simple when telling this story? Thank you!

  • Can you quote some parts of the story and what you want to say? That can help us determine what tense we should use. – Omega Krypton Sep 15 '18 at 5:30
  • @OmegaKrypton I knew there was something wrong. Cause as soon as I stepped foot into the house, my cousin starts laughing. My cousin cut my hair for 25 minutes. And all of the sudden he stops. – Curious English Sep 15 '18 at 5:33
  • Thanks. And what you are going to write? – Omega Krypton Sep 15 '18 at 5:34
  • @OmegaKrypton I need to ask questions about the content of the story, like Why did he do that/why did he suddenly stop and so on but I’m just not sure what tense to use – Curious English Sep 15 '18 at 5:36
  • Then past tense like that in your comment! refer to fact part in commentary (my answer) – Omega Krypton Sep 15 '18 at 5:38
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@viewers, please tell me if I'm wrong. Thank you!

For me, regardless of the tense the story is written in, I usually write the summary/facts in Present Tense. And for the commentary/opinions, I usually use the Present tense for my feelings, and Past when referring to the events in the book/ story.

Hope it helps!

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