Usage of the word drift...


I drift back into the present.

Is this a correct sentence? I mean by the sentence that I was thinking about the past and then I drift back into the present

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I agree with Lewis that drift is a good verb for your sentence, but it needs to be in the past tense.  Also, I think the correct, or at least more natural, preposition would be to:


I drifted back to the present.

link comment answered Jan 14 '13 at 01:22 Shawn Mooney Expert

This is a good use for the word. Drift means a slow movement from one place (or state of mind) to another.

link comment answered Jan 13 '13 at 18:16 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Shawn's answer brings out a good point. I read this as a present tense narrative, and he read it as relating the story in the past tense. Either is valid and show the nuances available with a slight change. It also points out that a minor change can make a big difference in what your reader perceives.

link comment answered Jan 14 '13 at 01:45 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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