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Using the Historical Present to Improve YOUR Jokes and Stories! | English Grammar Lesson

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Learn this English grammar trick to make your jokes and anecdotes more interesting by playing with tenses! The dramatic present in English can add a sense of immediacy to your story-telling to make it funnier, more engaging, or more interesting for the listener! So, yes, we can sometimes use the present to talk about the past! (No time machine needed.)

0:00 Intro
0:06 Using the present to talk about the past
1:14 The historical present
2:12 How does using past forms change the story?
2:38 Is 'will' the future and 'would' the past?

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