Research Paper! Essay! HELP! Simple question fast!?

I'm not sure if it is supposed to be in present tense or past tense!Up to this point we have made them all in present butI'm not exactly sure how to make it in present tense.I'm writing on goddess Athena.So main question present or past?Is there some rule to that?Please Help!I only have a couple of hours to write this!

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7 Responses to “Research Paper! Essay! HELP! Simple question fast!?”

  1. Torreya says:

    do what ur more comfortable doing cause im pretty sure it doesn’t matter….since ur not exactly sure how to make it present do past?

  2. ultrahazardous says:

    This essay should be in the past tense.

  3. lherzolite says:

    All English formal papers should be in present tense. Whenever writing about a piece of literature it should ALWAYS be in present tense even if the book was written 200 years ago. Jane Eyre attends the boarding school and learns a great deal.NOT Jane Eyre attended the boarding school and learned a great deal..

  4. unassociated says:

    Well… Look at it this way, if you have every guideline/rubric/assignment sheet with you and no where it clarifies, then you cant really get points off for doing it the way you feel you can do your best writing. I say do past, which is, I’m assuming, what you’d rather do and if you get points taken away talk to the teacher.

  5. trantor says:

    As a goddess, she lives forever, so use present tense.Use past tense if you’re writing about the way the ancient Greeks looked at her.

  6. TERENCE says:

    Research papers should always be written in the past tense because the research has already been completed. It is the research proposal as well as the drafts which are written in the present tense.I am not sure if your teacher has a rule on first person vs third person, but research papers are often written in the third person. So instead of saying “I went to the library…” it is written as “The researcher went to the library…”Hope this helps. Better ask anyone you know who was a former student of your teacher what her rules are with first or third persons.

  7. brownsr says:

    Depends on the context. I would say that it should be mostly past tense, since the mythology of Athena isn’t a current thing. I.E. Athena WAS a goddess of mythological folklore.