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Normally you write in the present tense, but If I'm reffering to a non fiction text about something that really happened in the past, do I write in past tense?



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5 Responses so far.

  1. sprightlier says:

    gfg

  2. copromoting says:

    Yes that’s what my teacher always taught me

  3. pterygoid says:

    I think you do write an essay in the past tense, some essays like ‘ Our great leaders’ or ‘My first day in the school’ normally written in past tense.

  4. modest says:

    Yeah you have to write it in the past tense.Because the thing that you want to write about happened previously . Good luck

  5. LELA says:

    Yes, you should use the past tense. I would not recommend the “historic present” for an essay.