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    You're probably going to say you can't learn good English from TV shows but I'll ask the question anyway just to have understanding.

    Here's the quote from a TV show. "Live at the scene where sources tell us that beloved genre actor......has been shot and killed during filming of the remake of......". What would be the difference, if I said "...was shot and killed during filming of....."?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You're probably going to say you can't learn good English from TV shows but I'll ask the question anyway just to have understanding.

    Here's the quote from a TV show. "Live at the scene where sources tell us that beloved genre actor......has been shot and killed during filming of the remake of......". What would be the difference, if I said "...was shot and killed during filming of....."?
    Probably no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You're probably going to say you can't learn good English from TV shows but I'll ask the question anyway just to have understanding.

    Here's the quote from a TV show. "Live at the scene where sources tell us that beloved genre actor......has been shot and killed during filming of the remake of......". What would be the difference, if I said "...was shot and killed during filming of....."?
    It's still happening. "Sources tell us" means it's not even confirmed. The reporter is live at the scene. "Has been shot" has more immediacy, suspense and the promise of some follow up than "was shot". If it was the next day, the reporter could say "was shot".
    The bottom line for the TV people is that more people would continue watching if it is presented as ongoing action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    You're probably going to say you can't learn good English from TV shows but I'll ask the question anyway just to have understanding.

    Here's the quote from a TV show. "Live at the scene where sources tell us that beloved genre actor......has been shot and killed during filming of the remake of......". What would be the difference, if I said "...was shot and killed during filming of....."?
    I agree with Raymott. Even in AmE, which uses perfect tenses less frequently than BrE, the present perfect would be used in this situation because it just happened. At a point in time, when describing this incident, it will switch to the simple past. The problem is that the length of time is not specific.

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