Tense: after a crane crushes ... Edgar Freemantle launches

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Senior Member
Born and raised in Japón, soy japonés
Hello there, this is a preface from 'Duma Key' written by Stephen King:

Six months after a crane crushes his pickup truck and his body self-made millionaire Edgar Freemantle launches into a new life. His wife asked for a divorce after he stabbed her with a plastic knife and tried to strangle her one-handed (he lost his arm and for a time his rational brain in the accident).

Shouldn't 'crushes' be 'crushed', or 'had crushed' with 'launched' grammatically?

Thanks in advance.
  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    This is the so-called "narrative present" - where a story, or part of a story, is told in the present tense to add vividness.


    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Is all of that text from the same source?
    The first sentence is using Loob's narrative present, the second sentence isn't.
    That is very odd if they are meant to be together.


    Senior Member
    English UK
    You're right, panj.

    Assuming this (or something close to it) is the source, it's the switch to the past which is a bit odd - all the rest is written in the present tense.
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