Teaching children to locate their writing clearly in time can be complicated, as there are several ways to do this. The most important are:
- A starter word or phrase related to time. Next week, I am on holiday. Once upon a time, there was... Today is my birthday.
- The form of a verb - Marley was dead, to begin with. (Dickens, A Christmas Carol)
- Context. O'Dowd goes in command. (Thackeray, Vanity Fair.)