Literary present

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The literary present is a language structure used in English to describe literature/stories using the present tense, particularly the present simple.[1][2]

While narration is usually written in the past tense, descriptions and summaries of that narrative tend to use the present tense. This isn’t a cast iron rule though; and we can use the past tense, particularly when (1) the events in the past tense occurred a long time before the main narrative, or (2) the book itself has a historical setting.

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