After you decide on the topic that you want to write about, from the opening paragraph, through the body of your subject, and in your final conclusions it is critical that you stay consistent with the grammatical tense. Proper grammatical tense allows the reader to quickly comprehend the importance and significance of your subject. When the reader digests what you are writing about, it gives him or her the opportunity to make a connection and relate to the topic.
Perhaps you are wondering, what is grammatical tense? Well, according to wordiQ.com, “Grammatical tense is a way languages express the time at which an event described by a sentence occurs.” In layman’s terms, grammatical tense is about writing consistently in the past or in the present time. Here are a few of examples:
- Past tense: I visited an old friend yesterday; we had lunch at a French restaurant, and laughed over old times.
- Mixed tenses: I visited an old friend yesterday; we were eating lunch at a French restaurant, and are laughing over old times.
- Present tense: I am on my way to visit an old friend today; we are having lunch at a French restaurant, and I look forward to reminiscing about old times.
Something as simple as being consistent makes a difference in the integrity of your writing and subject matter. Depending on what the topic is about, this connection between the writer’s words and the reader’s interpretation can be instrumental in opening doors for the reader to develop new ideas and broaden horizons.