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Editing Fiction Reviews

After revising your fiction review, you need to edit it to correct any remaining errors. You'll look closely at sentences, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and spelling. The following activities will help you edit your review.

Editing for Present Tense

Writing verbs in the present tense will make your review more lively. The present tense shows that something is happening now or happens regularly. Even though you read the book in the past, you can describe things that happened in the book in the present tense.

Past tense: A classmate wrote hurtful comments about her heritage.

Present tense: A classmate writes hurtful comments about her heritage.

Choose present-tense verbs.

Select the present-tense verb from the options in each sentence. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. Something bad (happenshappens, happened) to the main character.
  2. Shiloh (cowered, cowerscowers) around people.
  3. Marty and his family (livelive, lived) in West Virginia.
  4. When Shiloh (ran, runsruns) away, Marty (built, buildsbuilds) him a cage.

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