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encountered as a fragment from the past

English translation: We are presented with an excerpt in the past tense

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02:40 Aug 2, 2004
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: encountered as a fragment from the past
If this film were presented as a written narrative, we would be confronted with a letter written in the present tense but encountered as a fragment from the past.
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English translation:We are presented with an excerpt in the past tense
Explanation:
Narrative recounting mostly comes in the past tense. This is natural. If it is in the present, it will be the exception.

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Note added at 3 hrs 15 mins (2004-08-02 05:56:04 GMT)
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for the common tense expected to be met in fictional narrative see examples at: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

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Note added at 3 hrs 22 mins (2004-08-02 06:02:52 GMT)
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“To dramatize something is to show it as if it were happening before the reader’s eyes, so that he is in the position of an observer at the scene. To narrate, by contrast, is to synopsize: you tell the reader about something which has happened, but you do not let him be a witness.” Ayn Rand

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Alaa AHMED
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 13:48
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I got it, thank you!
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4We are presented with an excerpt in the past tense
Alaa AHMED


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We are presented with an excerpt in the past tense


Explanation:
Narrative recounting mostly comes in the past tense. This is natural. If it is in the present, it will be the exception.

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Note added at 3 hrs 15 mins (2004-08-02 05:56:04 GMT)
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for the common tense expected to be met in fictional narrative see examples at: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/

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Note added at 3 hrs 22 mins (2004-08-02 06:02:52 GMT)
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“To dramatize something is to show it as if it were happening before the reader’s eyes, so that he is in the position of an observer at the scene. To narrate, by contrast, is to synopsize: you tell the reader about something which has happened, but you do not let him be a witness.” Ayn Rand



Alaa AHMED
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 13:48
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
I got it, thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  chica nueva: don't think so. fragment from the past means a piece of something from the past, a relic, a historical item (like an old letter)? 'encountered' means 'met up with', 'come/run across'
21 hrs
  -> Many thanks for the denotation which I ignored
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