Carlos and Sarah's first date turns out to be a disaster! What exactly has happened?

Written by Chris Rose.


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Hello kasra80,

Carlos first uses the past continuous ('Sarah was talking to another man...') before switching to present tenses. Using present tenses when telling a joke or an anecdote in this way is quite common in English. It serves as a way of making the story more immediate and engaging.

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