The narrative tenses by Viv Quarry. The Narrative Tenses - by Viv Quarry (www.vivquarry.com) Narrative tenses are the grammatical structures that you use when telling a story, or talking about situations and activities which happened at a defined past time.
When narrating past events, DO NOT mix past and present tenses (avoid using the present perfect and present simple), as these will confuse the reader/listener about when things really happened. Here are the most common narrative tenses and how they are used:
[English website of the Académie de Toulouse] : Scénarios B1. Literature. Utopia / Dystopia.