Taro (mother2012) wrote,

Editing something and came upon this phrase:

... carnivores typically did not make good draft or riding beasts ...

This is a pet peeve of mine. While one *does* usually need to make tenses match, carnivores still do not make good draft beasts. On the other hand, if you were talking about a specific, fictional beast which you had described and named, it would be appropriate to say, "Flaubids did not make good draft beasts." This would not apply to a fictional beast we are familiar with. Harpies do not make good draft beasts, whether they are real or not.

I suppose the basic rule is that writing is still story telling. If you sat down at a bar with a woman who told you about this adventure, she would be putting it all in past tense. She might say that Flaubids didn't make good draft beasts in the past tense because she has now put that world behind her. But Harpies (along with carnivores) still don't, now, in the present.
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