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    Post The Time Tenses of language literature

    I bet all of us know these three phrases as a writer/s.

    Past Tense - events that happened before or already done before.

    Present Tense - events that are happening right now

    Future tense - evens that are about/yet to happen. Sometimes predicted

    These three are different tenses that we always refer to keep our chapters and novels manageable. But these three tenses can also be divided to subgroups (whatever language you are using). Whether we often say these sub phrases or not, if you devote enough time to writing, you could already use all basic kinds and their sub group kinds of tenses.

    Past Progressive Tense - something done before whether it is done or not on that previous moment

    Present Progressive Tense - the happenings as of the moment of the "now"

    Future Progressive Tense - something planned / scheduled that has yet to be done


    Past Perfect - an act that cannot be redone. "What's done is done."

    Present Perfect - something you are doing is done now.

    Future Perfect - an event your are planning to get it done on that future day

    And of course we got the Conditional Tenses. Ones that involves the word "Maybe", Au-dino (I dunno / I don't know), and probably alongside the word "IF" and "ELSE" for most cases.

    Conditional Simple - an event that will probably be done or not

    Conditional Progressive - concentrates more on the progress of the action.

    Conditional Perfect- the event that must be done on that specified time

    Conditional Perfect Progressive - you concentrate on the progress

    So now we go to some questions:

    a. What are the key elements an author must keep in mind on using these tenses as they write their stories?
    b. If you are combining two scenes in different timelines of any chapter, how should you tackle the two or more different tenses (examples would be a present tense on the first and last scene with past tenses on the middle chapter scenes)?
    c. What are/is your most preferred / frequently used tense in writing your stories?
    d. Are there any other questions and steps missed within this thread?

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