Consistency: Making Verb Tenses Consistent
A paragraph or an essay needs a time framework based on a dominant verb tense.Lorna takes promises very seriously. She never forgives anyone for breaking one. In addition, she considers the slightest little agreement to be a full-fledged promise, so people often find Lorna counting on them to do things they have no intention of doing. She fills her life with trumped-up promises and then makes a huge fuss when most of those promises fall through.The dominant tense of the paragraph above is the simple present. Maintaining a single time framework helps a reader understand the sequence of events presented in a piece of writing. Skim through Chapter 2 to refresh your memory of the ways in which verbs express time.