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Episode 11: Embarrassment

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

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Hello every body
I would like to thank you, dear all in the Learn English Team for this good materials and series for learning English. I've got a question about this episode, when Carlos answers this Johnny question: 'what was Sarah doing?' why he uses present tense: "Sarah introduces me, and then he says...", while he is talking about past?

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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Thank you Peter M for your Time and prompt answer.
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