Diagram of narrative tense from the novel <i>Sanshirou</i> 三四郎. Hirota-san wa hige no shita kara ha wo dashite waratta wariai ni kirei na ha wo motte-iru 広田さんは髭の下から歯を出して笑った。 わりあいにきれいな歯を持っている Hirota-san showed [his] teeth from under his mustache and smiled. [He] has rather pretty teeth.


Diagram showing an example of narrative present in Japanese, from the novel Sanshirou 三四郎.

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