Narrative tenses are the tenses that we use to talk about past events
and to tell stories
The most common of these is the past simple
. Three other tenses, past continuous
, the past perfect simple
and the past perfect continuous
can help us to say what we want more effeciently. However, it should be remembered that almost any story can be told using the past simple.
It is often useful to look at these tenses together within the context of the function narrating
, i.e. relating past events.