I'm writing a biography. And I want it to be written in English, although I'm not a native speaker. Can I use different times to highlight different narratives, like this:

  1. Present - for describing events from point of view of the participants.
  2. Past - for analysis from the author's point of view.
  3. Future - for spoilers.

Is it a good idea for narrative in general? Also, is it ok for native English speakers?

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    By "Times" do you mean "Tenses", as in past tense, present tense, future tense? If so, that's why they exist. Use them.
    – Amadeus
    Nov 14, 2019 at 11:06
  • If you're not confident with the various usages of tenses in english, maybe you could consider writing the biography in your native language and then investing in a professional translator.
    – Liquid
    Nov 14, 2019 at 12:45

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Check this great summary on how to use the different tenses in english

I can also advise you to use Grammarly to check your overall document, style, grammar and spelling. The free version is interesting, and if you need more there is a paid version.

I hope this will help !

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