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Grammar matters: form and structure

Keep tense consistent

Tense gives a sense of time to your writing.

  • Use present tense to express your ideas.
    • Essay writing skills are essential in tertiary education writing.
  • Use past tense to state facts, make generalisations, to report or describe the work of others, or for research that is not continuing.
    • In 2013, many students attended workshops.
  • Use future tense to convey assumptions, speculations and predictions.
    • By the end of the workshop, students will be familiar with the basic structure of an essay.
  • Change tense only when there is a reason to change the time frame, e.g., inserting a scenario, an example or anecdote.

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  • Tense (Purdue University, OWL)