To use simple present or past tense verbs

Reply Sat 2 May, 2009 10:03 pm
My daughter wrote a composition about her visit to the zoo. She describes about the animals. Should she use the simple past or present tense? The following are a couple of her sentences.

The lions look/looked fierce. They have/had beautiful manes. The elephants are/were huge animals, but they do/did not look fierce. In fact, they appear/appeared tame.

Thanks in advance.

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Reply Sat 2 May, 2009 10:41 pm
Either tense is ok as long as she uses it consistently.

Reply Sun 3 May, 2009 10:14 pm
Thanks, Roberta.
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Reply Mon 4 May, 2009 05:05 pm
My take is that we use the present simple for stories, to make the story seem important.

Would it be used in a composition to tell about a visit to the zoo, hmmmmm, I'm not so sure.
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