Read the following and observe the use of tenses.
‘Last week I witnessed a strange accident. Let me tell you about it. The signal flashes green. Vehicles start in the opposite direction. They move fast. Suddenly a speeding motorcyclist tries to cut across, from the wrong side. He is about to collide with a loaded truck. He applies the brakes. He falls and slides out with his bike from under the truck. He comes out unscathed on the other side.’
- When an event, which has occurred in the past, is narrated in the Present Tense to create a dramatic effect its Tense is called the ‘Dramatic Present Tense’.
- Now try to relate Jayant’s sci-fi story, in brief, in the dramatic past tense.
As Jayant walks, he finds a bank door that is closed but there is no lock on it. He suspects something, he wears his magic glass and what is seen to him is that some bandits are trying to steal money from the bank officer’s by heading gun on them. Immediately he reports this to the police, the police reach the spot and surround the bank from all sides. He gets to know one more thing from the magic glass that there is no bullet inside the gun, when he informs this the police, the police take advantage of this opportunity and arrests all the bandits.