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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    IS vs WAS?

    When you want to introduce a fictional character, what tense do you use on the verb "be"? Would you say "X is a fictional character from..." or "X was a fictional character from..."? Would you even consider their living status (alive or dead)?

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    Re: IS vs WAS?

    I would use "is". From the moment that fictional character was created, it has existed. It continues to exist.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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