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Telling the differences of past and now

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Hello very helpful spanish learners and native speakers!!

I tried to tell some differences between the past and now of a city. I thought it is a very good idea to present it here for proofreading, here it is:

Ankara es la capital de Turquía desde 1923. Antes de ser el capital, Ankara tenía una población de unos miles. Ahora la población es sobre cinco milliones. El capital del Imperio de Otomano fue Estambul y allí fue ocupada por Inglaterra, Francia e Italia después de la Primera Guerra Mundial. En la guerra de la independencia Ankara fue el epicentro de los comandantes.

Antes de ser la capital, Ankara era más una ciudad agrícola. No había fábricas ni edificios grandes. Ferrocarril de Ankara-Estambul era la red de comunicación más importante de la ciudad. Ahora hay carreteras desarrolladas en todas partes, un gran aeropuerto y una estación de tren. La gente emigraba fuera y la ciudad no era atractiva para los recién llegados. Ahora bien, es una de las ciudades que la gente emigra más.

What I meant is the following:

Ankara is the capital of Turkey since 1923. Before being the capital, Ankara used to have a population of a few thousands. Now the population is about five million. The capital of Ottoman Empire was Istanbul and there was occupied by England, France and Italy after the World War One. In the Independence War, Ankara was the epicentrum of the commanders.

Before being capital, Ankara was more of an agricultural city. There were not factories nor grand buildings. Ankara-Istanbul railway was the most important communication web of the city. Now there are highways, a big airport and a train station. People were emigrating and the city was not attractive for newcomers. Now, however, it is one of the cities that people are emigrating most.

Thank you for your help already.

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updated JUL 7, 2010
posted by panzerkampf

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Are you familiar with this topic? Spanish uses it too.

[Historical present tense]

the present tense used to narrate past events, usually employed in English for special effect or in informal use, as in a week ago I'm walking down the street and I see this accident

la actualidad, actual, de moda...other terms that you might try. Using Ahora over and over is boring.

updated JUL 7, 2010
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
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I was wondering if I had any mistakes in my writing.

updated JUL 7, 2010
posted by panzerkampf
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