It is interesting to note that while we go through an entire sentence, so to speak, we can also go through a few more.
You know how you sometimes hear somebody say, “I went to the bathroom,” but then you think, “Oh, wait, maybe I did go there.” Okay, so what happens when you go to the bathroom and you don’t remember what you went there for? Well, you’ve just got to let it go and go back to thinking of something else.
That’s exactly how I felt about going to the bathroom once. It was the same as if I had just said, “I went to the bathroom,” and then I had just sat down and thought about nothing. Well, that’s what I did.
This is why I love a good present-tense sentence. Present tense is the perfect combination of simple and descriptive. It’s a little bit like a way of saying, “I went to the bathroom,” is that the same as, “I went to the bathroom but I didn’t go in the toilet.
It’s also why I love the “I” in present-tense. Because when I say, “I went to the bathroom,” I actually mean I took a shit, and the present tense is just kind of saying, well, I did that.
If you’ve ever seen a movie in which a character comes out of the bathroom and says, “I just finished taking a shit.” you’ll know what I’m talking about. Present tense is a perfect way to tell the story because it shows the character is just now getting up to walk to the door. Its an easy way to show the character’s character.
Present tense is also a great way for writers to get their characters to say things they never would say in the past. For example, in the episode “The Good Doctor” of the show Doctor Who, the Doctor says, “I’m not a liar.” Well, he’s a liar. But if he’s just now saying this, why did he say it before the words are actually out of his mouth? Present tense is just perfect when writing.
The most important part of a sentence, the present tense, is what makes the past tense the same thing as the present tense (in this case, it’s also the same as future tense). So if you hear a character say, Im a liar. Its a lie now, and its a lie in the future. Its the same as saying, Im not a liar.
Like so many things, Present tense is just as important as the past tense, and in this case Im a liar is a lie in the present tense. If you have a character say, Im a liar. its a lie now. Its a lie in the future, and its the same as saying, Im not a liar. It’s always a lie now.
One day after the death of his wife, the new owner of a small business has a revelation: he was once loved. Apparently he made a mistake and didn’t take care of his family. He now has a past, and if he does anything wrong again, he will become a liar.