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  2. I checked 'The Blind Assassin' by Atwood because I was sure she wrote like this in that and sure enough, there are lots of examples. "In the morning I would help Laura to dress -- that had been my task even when mother was alive -- and make sure she brushed her teeth and washed her face. At lunchtime Rennie would sometimes let us have a picnic." Of course, Atwood is writing about a woman (she begins most chapters in present tense) who walks around and reminisces about her childhood (which is where the word 'would' begins to occur more often) though it doesn't occur as much when she's reminiscing about her adult past. I still don't know if there is a name for this technique though. Or when it's acceptable to use it.
  3. Blimey, I go away for a few days and find that Meg and Momac have been through the wars. Please get better soon, both of you!
  4. Simple / Indefinite Present Tense He/She/It stands . I stand. You/We/They stand. Present Continuous Tense He/She/It is standing. I am standing. You/We/They are standing. Present Perfect Tense He/She/It has stood. I have stood. You/We/They have stood. Present Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It has been standing. I have been standing. You/We/They have been standing. Simple Past Tense He/She/It stood. I stood. You/We/They stood. Past Continuous Tense He/She/It was standing. I was standing. You/We/They were standing. Past Perfect Tense He/She/It had stood. I had stood. You/We/They had stood. Past Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It had been standing. I had been standing. You/We/They had been standing. Simple Future Tense He/She/It will/shall stand. I will/shall stand. You/We/They will/shall stand. Future Continuous Tense He/She/It will/shall be standing. I will/shall be standing. You/We/They will/shall be standing. Future Perfect Tense He/She/It will/shall have stood. I will/shall have stood. You/We/They will/shall have stood. Future Perfect Continuous Tense He/She/It will/shall have been standing. I will/shall have been standing. You/We/They will/shall have been standing. So, would isn't included but I think it is past perfect. But you may think it comes under a similar rule to 'would always' shown here https://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/would.html
  5. Hope you're feeling better soon Meg, must have been scary.
  6. Last week
  7. Exactly, so what would that type of narration be called? It's obviously first person, past tense, but there's something else going on, a kind of 'distant first person' quality. I'm generally starting chapters in that way, then focusing in on a particular day or event and switching to the more conventional style (I stood on the hill and... etc).
  8. Also, perhaps 'I would stand on the hill and wait for Julie' could refer to multiple times that you stood on the hill to wait for Julie.
  9. What a bad time for you Meg . Very sorry.. Had to smile though at the diverting seamy tales you were treated to.
  10. Interesting but doesn't really cover it. I'd be surprised if there wasn't a term, phrase, or something out there that clarifies the difference. 'I stood on the hill and waited for Julie'... plonks you into the narration a little more whereas... 'I would stand on the hill and wait for Julie'... feels more like I'm telling a story from a greater distance. I'm using them both interchangeably and I fear this is probably bad.
  11. I'm much of the way through it and am very impressed. It has been very painful to read at times, but I am eager to finish it. The various characters are so compelling.
  12. Boy, Momac and Meg, you have been through it! My daughter and her fiance were married on Friday and the entire weekend was filled with festivities that included only the nuclear families (meaning 8 people). His parents had been sad about not having a big wedding, but by the end, his father said he could not have imagined anything nicer. They are having a big party in the Spring and we all toured the old house in a trendy part of Dallas to see where it would be. I think it will be wonderful. Meanwhile, we have had some horrendous weather. On Sunday, May 9, a huge storm blew up right over Dallas and many people had significant damage to trees (I had a tiny amount, but my neighborhood was hit very hard). Everyone I knew lost power. My power was out for 2 1/2 days. The weather was balmy, so that was fine, but I had frozen some things for the wedding breakfast on Saturday, the 15th and they had to be replaced. So much for preparing ahead. But I was able to have the breakfast, thank goodness. The newlyweds left for a honeymoon in Costa Rica on Sunday, the 16th and another storm, this time including tornadoes, came in yesterday afternoon. It ended up not having any impact on me except that I was on my way to yoga and turned around to shelter in a closet with the newlyweds' dog. I like him and all, but wish I had gotten to go to yoga!
  13. Gosh, Meg, what an ordeal. I hope that you are well soon
  14. Us oldies have been having a torrid time! I was blue-lighted into hospital in the small hours last Monday and then had quite an interesting few hours in Resus, once my situation was under control. Bearing in mind that this was Brighton, which has a bit of a reputation, a patient in a nearby cubical gave me a few interesting insights into the seamier (to me) side of life. Helped pass what could have seemed a very tedious wait for a bed in cardiology After having needles stuck in various parts of my anatomy all week, an angiogram and a cardiac MRI I am now home with an ICD and a whole new medication routine. At least I'm not allowed to do any housework for 6 weeks :) I also have a machine that is supposed to read the data from the IDC while I am asleep, and transmit it to someplace where the medics can read it, only so far I have been unable to get the 'transmit' bit to download. I hate technology! Hoping your knees soon heal. momac
  15. Hope you feel better soon Momac and your test results are OK. Knees can take a while to stop hurting! Stairlift sounds a great idea and a good solution, a work colleague has parents in a similar situation and as you say moving and downsizing would be way too stressful so they had a stairlift installed a few weeks ago and haven't looked back, they also use it for moving stuff up and downstairs, not just people! Good luck.
  16. Hello Luna and mm, feeling quite well all except for painful knees which I hurt when I fell, so I'm kind of creepitng around a bit,, however, the knees should get better gradually. Thank you for your concern. Weather improving which makes the world seem brighter.
  17. Goodness me, Momac! I do hope that you are on the road to recovery now.
  18. Had a bit of an episode last weekend where I became dizzy and was leaning on a big chair while the dizziness passed, then thought maybe I should slide down and sit on the floor, tried that but actually fell down pulling the chair with me. Lying there still dizzy taking stock of how I feel, breathing ok, hands and feet o.k. but knees pulled back at tight angle when I fall so pain there. Hubby and daughter arrived home with me stretched out on the floor, asked daughter to phone for an ambulance, spent three nights in hospital hooked up to a heart monitor, possible some heart involvement, lots of blood work taken, pills given, didn't feel too bad, really wanted to go home but cardiologist wanted me to stay for three nights. Was discharged on Monday and a follow up for this coming Thursday with the Hospital Heart Clinic, meanwhile I feel fine and am taking all the pills they prescribed. A bit of trouble walking now as legs are painful but nothing too bad. Had the chair lift company in yesterday assessing the one flight of stairs for a chair lift, it will be installed next week. It will be good for both of us, Dave is very slow on the stairs and I hurt both my knees when I fell so it will be a help. Our son feels we should be in a house with the one main level but the idea of having to move house is too horrendous to contemplate, 60 odd years of 'stuff' and furnishings to move would be more than we could handle but the chair lift will certainly help. Will see how that works out. That's my sad tale for this week.
  19. https://thejohnfox.com/2016/06/writing-in-first-person/ Any good? For me the first sounds better and have no idea why.. Maybe in the second your saying your in the past twice?
  20. I think 2 is more active than 1 which might be passive. But both are equally valid in (British) English and may be regional variations.
  21. I'm writing a novel but I'm not very good with the technical side of writing. The book is first person narrative, past tense, but I find myself often writing in a way that is muddying the water a little. In other words, instead of writing something like: 1) We sat on the wall and watched the kids playing football in the street... I find myself writing: 2) We would sit on the wall and watch the kids playing football in the street... Is there a term for this second style? It feels more distant (past, past tense) but I'm mixing it with the former style which is confusing me.
  22. My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
  23. Gentleman Jack, The Real Anne Lister by Sally Wainwright, Anne Choma and Catch-22 By Joseph Heller.
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  25. thanks everybody. I did leave many of my TBR pule over in the house on Sunday. Came in useful on Monday when I realised I didn't have a book to read at lunch time I know though there is other carpentry work I need done so making a list on it all before talking to a carpenter
  26. It’s a nice room. Somewhere I can escape too. The irony is, I have never read Pratchett, maybe need to rectify that.
  27. Hazel, it is very gratifying to think of you with a room like that. I was just thinking about David and his lovely sense of humor.
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