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Consistency of Tense and Pronoun Reference
Consistency of Tense Remember that if you're writing in the present tense, don't shift to the past tense (or vice versa) unless you have a good reason to do so. 在用現在時態時，不要改成過去式(除非有更好的理由)
She intended to play for the team during the upcoming season, but then she blows out her knee. blew
In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, the narrator is one of the few truly successful characters in terms of moral development. However, she was also seriously flawed in some ways. is
Pronoun Reference Remember that if you're referring to you, or we, or I, or one, try to remain consistently within the same case. 在句子中前後主詞要一致
In Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, we find the narrator to be one of the few successful characters in terms of moral development. However, even the narrator, you soon realize, is seriously flawed. we
We have never seen this kind of impatience in the media before. You think it has something to do with the weather. We
Quiz 1 Spring begins early in Tennessee. First, the forsythia bursts into blossom; then the dogwood trees _ to bloom, and the redbud is soon in its glory. a. begin b. began We need to stay in the Answer present tense established in the first sentence, so begin is appropriate.
Quiz 2 When NYPD Blue went off the air in May, many viewers felt they had lost a friend in ____ own family. a. his b. our c. their Answer Viewers is third person plural, so we need their to be consistent.