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Autor:  José Roberto
E-mail:  josezambon@terra.com.br
Data:  25/OUT/2010 3:51 PM
Assunto:  What really stands out for you?
 
Mensagem:  What is going on here is grammar not (only) culture. Within the English language, as Dale's suggested, it is common to use Present Simple for either something that has just happen, because the remotess of the event is seen as irrelevant (can't you see? It's 3 - 0 ad the referee ha just blown the whistle we win!) or the so-called historical present, I listen to some programmes on the BBC and it's quite common to listen to this mixture of tenses when referring to historical events, again what matters more here is the happening, the fact, not the point in the past it happened; either because it is explicit in the speech or because it simply plays a minor role comparing to the fact itself.

If someone is looking for a way of teaching it, well, I guess one could simply say that's the way the language works (and the student intuitively can grasp how it works) or show how this huge ple of theoretical stuff!

Check it out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_present

JR


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
What really stands out for you?  –  Fox Fox  25/OUT/2010, 1:07 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Maria Valeska  25/OUT/2010, 1:36 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Fox Fox  25/OUT/2010, 1:46 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Fran  25/OUT/2010, 2:28 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Dale-USA  25/OUT/2010, 2:44 PM
 What really stands out for you?  –  José Roberto  25/OUT/2010, 3:51 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Fox Fox  25/OUT/2010, 9:26 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  orlando  25/OUT/2010, 10:28 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  PPAULO  25/OUT/2010, 11:06 PM
What really stands out for you?  –  Maria Valeska  26/OUT/2010, 11:55 AM

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