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Using a special alphabet, Annie was teaching Helen language when all of a sudden Helen throws the doll violently onto the floor.

In the sentence, to highlight an event, is it correct to use the verb 'throws' in the present simple? Thanks in advance.

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I wouldn't say that is wrong if you want to add unexpected emphasis to a story, especially one that is told orally.

But i wouldn't advise you to make a habit of doing this. In fact, don't try it until you feel that the general level of your English is good.

Clive

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anonymousIn the sentence, to highlight an event, is it correct to use the verb 'throws' in the present simple?

No. You have to stay with one or the other, the narrative past (Using a special alphabet, Annie was teaching Helen language when all of a sudden Helen threw the doll violently onto the floor.) or the narrative present (Using a special alphabet, Annie is teaching Helen language when all of a sudden Helen throws the doll violently onto the floor.)

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