Thu 19 Feb, 2015 10:14 am
I want to explain my problems with following sentence:
"Sor-u Pha clutches his mother's skirt as Dr Salyaveth Lekagul examines the eight-year-old's ears."
Here, this sentence has been taken from a report. Since it is a report, reporters should have used past tense. But 'clutches, examines' show that it is in present tense. Please, help me to clear that fact.
This is an example of "the dramatic or historic present".
Suppose I was reporting an experience of observing
The scene opens as follows: Sor-u Pha clutches his mother's skirt as Dr Salyaveth Lekagul examines the eight-year-old's ears.
is a replaying
of a past situation for an audience as though they were watching it unfold.