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The historical present - Grammar

Je ne peux pas rester avec eux parce que j’ai école, je suis petit.

Mais le matin, j’aime venir dans cette chambre et toucher aux instruments.

In the webdoc, Nabil talks about his love of music.

He uses the historical present to talk about events in the past.

To sum up

Like Nabil, we can use the historical present to talk about events in the past and make them more real, more in the here and now.
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Tu sais, hier, on a volé mon sac ! C’était dans la rue Dupleix. Un jeune homme arrive derrière moi. Il attrape mon sac, l’arrache et se rue vers la station de métro. J’essaie de le suivre mais il est trop rapide ! 

Have a go yourself

Like Nabil, talk about a key event in your past by using the historical present.

Plug a microphone into your computer and click on the recording tool on the right.

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