Know what is Narrative Tense?

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Homer slowly typed a poem

Narrative Tense speaks of an event that began and ended in the past. Narrative Tense is often found in stories, books, textbooks, and descriptions of past events.

Like all tenses, Narrative Tense is created by conjugating The Verb, causing it to either match the sentence’s Subject or relationship to when an event occurred. For example, 

“I write to you,”

uses the simple present form of the Verb “write,” indicating that the speaker wrote and will continue to write to the listener. This cycle of writing and sending letters could go on forever. However, to put the above example in the Narrative Tense, it would be written as: 

“I wrote to you,”

Meaning that the speaker wrote the listener in the past, but might not write again. Here’s another example:

Homer felt sorrow because of a recent breakup. But, Homer didn’t cry. Instead, he slowly typed a poem. He knew it wasn’t going to be the greatest poem ever, but putting his feeling on paper helped him heal.

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 A bit of grammar 

How can I construct sentences in Narrative Tense?

To construct a sentence in Narrative Tense, Simple Past Tense is used. And so you simply, add ed or d to Regular Verbs. For instance, “type” becomes “typed” when constructing Narrative Tense. And, Irregular Verbs follow the usual rules: “drink” becomes “drank” and etc. The good news is that Simple Past Tense Verbs, except for the Verb “to be,” don’t need to agree in number with their subjects.

Example of the Narrative Tense

I stayed at my friend’s house.

Nica went to the bank.

Joanna became the president of their class.

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try making your own sentence. 

Q2: Where did you spend your birthday last year? 

Q3: What memorable activity did you do last weekend?

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