Present historic used in English

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Present historic used in English

This device is often used in story telling and especially in jokes. E.g. "A man goes into a pub and asks the barman ......" It adds a freshness and immediacy to the narrative.

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hi Alan

Yes, we also use it when telling jokes actually, exactly the same way, for example: "...y va el tío y le dice..." (...and the bloke goes and says...)

Inma

Present historic used in English

This device is often used in story telling and especially in jokes. E.g. "A man goes into a pub and asks the barman ......" It adds a freshness and immediacy to the narrative.

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