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Re: Tense? (and a bit stressed too!)

The past historic would mark you out as a very very formal speaker (although I agree that you do hear it on occasions especially the PH of être. Personally I would avoid it.
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Re: Tense? (and a bit stressed too!)

If I were listening to a talk (or reading a paper on something, for that matter) - I think I'd be more likely to enjoy it and respond to it if the speaker/writer was comfortable with the language, rather than being absolutely precise with it.  Thus, I'd use the tense which comes the most naturally to you.  The important thing is to interest and inform the audience - then they'll forgive the odd gramatical error/quirk, imho.
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Woot! [:-))]

Re: Tense? (and a bit stressed too!)

Thanks all. Loiseau, I think maybe I'll leave the fancy tense-shifting stuff for next time (and there won't be a next time!!!). Cooperlola, I'm going to cling on hard to your comment cos they'll have plenty of oddities, grammatical errors, quirks and franglicisms to forgive, so let's hope my natural charm and enthusiasm will win the day.

Incidentally, what's French for "Unnaccustomed as I am to public speaking ..."? !!!
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Re: Tense? (and a bit stressed too!)

 EuroTrash wrote:
let's hope my natural charm and enthusiasm will win the day.
Bound to!Big Smile [:D]
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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