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sequence of tenses

Postby spqr » Fri May 20, 2011 1:11 am

Wheelock p. 205 says an exception to the rule is " a present tense used for the vivid narration of past events". Could someone please provide an example demonstrating this? I don't recall seeing a sentence like this in the book iteslf.
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Re: sequence of tenses

Postby furrykef » Fri May 20, 2011 5:10 am

This doesn't really have to do with sequence of tenses in itself. It just brought it up rather confusingly in the context of sequence of tenses, which I think was completely unnecessary, especially since it didn't even elaborate on it.

We do something like this in English: "So this guy walks up to me and he says..." -- even though you're clearly talking about something that happened in the past. The Latin usage is similar, though perhaps broader in application and not so colloquial. As for how sequence of tenses plays into it, I'm not entirely sure...
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