One thing to be mindful of when writing your lyrics is (trying) to keep everything within the same tense… either being the past, present, or future tense.
Of course, you can switch between these with every verse, such as if one verse is in past tense, the next one is in present tense, and finally the last verse is in future). However, having different tenses within the same verse section can sound really awkward and ununiform.
So, here are simple ways on modifying verbs to match the correct tense you are going after:
- Past: has, had, -ed
- Present: is -ing, -s
- Future: will
Another thing you can do is “neutralize” the tense. This is by strictly using the -ing form of the verbs, the to form of the verb, or avoiding all verbs completely. This will accurately make sure everything is in the correct tense, but the audience will have a harder time telling if you are in the past, present, or future.
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