Writing in Past Tense
- News reporters write in the past tense.
- Since the events in the paper have already happened, they cannot
write them in the present or future tense.
Robert Latimer's long-running legal saga took a dramatic turn
Monday when a judge set aside the law and handed him a sentence
of two years less a day for killing his disabled daughter.
- The past tense shows an action or condition that began and ended
at a given time in the past.
- Often, words in the past tense end in "-ed" For example,
- News articles are usually written in the past tense because they
are reporting on an event that took place before the article was
Practice re-writing sentences in the past tense by completing the
quiz titled, 8.4 Past Tense.
Now go to 8.5 Organizing Your Article