Maintaining Tense while translating.

I've been trying my hand at translating for some time now. The biggest problem I face is, keeping up with the tense. By keeping up with the tense, I mean, sometimes I really get confused which tense to follow past or present, as Chinese doesn't offer much clarification on this subject. Any advice from Senior Translators would be extremely appreciated.


  • Past tense for narrative. Present tense for dialogue.
  • Concur.  Past tense for narrative, present for dialogue.
  • Pretty much that ^ just be a bit careful coz some time the novel will have narrative written in say first person view and won't make any sense at all when translated so might have to adjust it into a narrative view. Key it to make it flow well.
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