historical present

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Examples
  • Bible, Mark 5:22-23 KJV: "And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live."

Noun[edit]

historical present (uncountable)

  1. (grammar) Use of the present tense when referring to past events, to add immediacy to what is being said or written.

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