Join Date So, I’m reading a book that’s written in tense; however, the writes this: "I don’t know long we went that way…" It’s in italics (she does use italics for internal thought). It’s just a part of the paragraph. However, wouldn’t the proper word be "didn’t"? Or is there a grammar I don’t know? Because it’s based around knowledge, and she may know it now, in the moment she didn’t, so it’s "don’t"? Or these just grammar rules that authors to break for the sake of sounding better (because didn’t know sounds kind of weird)? The narration is happening NOW, you can imagine the author sitting next to you and you the story at this very moment. The author is remembering some events and you about them NOW. Everything that now is present tense, right? Well, he doesn’t know long it took the characters in the story to walk that way. He doesn’t know now, while he’s telling you the story. The story he’s telling is about events that happened in the past. The narrator doesn’t know long they walked THEN. The events in […]

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