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What about "She was appointed chairperson" as opposed to "She has been appointed chairperson" or should we just say She is appointed chairperson???
Susannah, UTAS
I still don't quite get it. Which one below is correct?

The issue is fixed.
or
The issue has been fixed.
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AnonymousI still don't quite get it. Which one below is correct?The issue is fixed.orThe issue has been fixed.
They are both OK.
If the fixing happened very recently, and you want to stress that it is now closed, then say:

The issue has been fixed.
AnonymousThe issue is fixed.
The issue is now in the state of 'being fixed', i.e., in a state of repair.
AnonymousThe issue has been fixed.
The issue is now in the state of being fixed because someone did something to fix it.
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They are similar, but the second one alludes more definitely to an action that was performed in order to bring the issue into its fixed state.

CJ
How about in this case...
He was admitted in the hospital.
He has been admitted in the hospital.
What is the difference between the two sentence and which is better to use? Thanks. I am really confused with when to use has and was.
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AnonymousHe was admitted in the hospital.He has been admitted in the hospital.What is the difference between the two sentence and which is better to use? Thanks. I am really confused with when to use has and was.
First: you are NOT comparing 'has' with 'was'. You are—or should be—comparing 'was' with 'has been'. The first is simple past of 'be'; the second is present perfect of 'be'. The differences have already been presented above by CJ, Alphecca Stars, and several anonymous posters.
Here is an explanation with more details in case you or other doubters still have doubts on when to use the two words. Firstly, "was" and "has" is used when the verb or the noun linked to/associated with, is singular. "was" is used when you're referring to a verb or a noun from the past. Example: she was my girlfriend back in college; during the "Annual Inter-School Sports Meet", my 100-metre sprint was clocked at 9.6 seconds. "has" on the other hand, is used when you're referring to a verb or a noun from the past to describe the present. Let me further break it down.
"was" = describes only the past of a noun or a verb. Meaning, the current/present situation or status of it is unknown.
"has" = describes the present of a noun or a verb using the past.
Here's some examples to help you better understand above.

"Your college application WAS accepted." = This clearly describes only about the past. The application was accepted before, we don't know whether along the way it got rejected.
"Your college application HAS BEEN accepted." = This describes the present(accepted) using the past(college application). If I were to rephrase the sentence, "The college application that you sent before." (1)This explains about the application sent in the past. "We have your application with us now." (2)This explains the present situation or status of the application. When you combine 2&1, you'll get the full description of "has been".
I hope this answer further clarify any of your doubts. I'm just going to give some examples below.

EXAMPLES :-
The structure of the sentence may differ in order to fit the context

- Math WAS my weakest subject in high school.
- Math HAS BEEN my weakest subject in high school.
- During high school, basketball WAS something I'm ''''always good at.
- Basketball HAS BEEN something i'm always good at.
- Bruno Mars WAS my favourite singer.
- Bruno Mars HAS BEEN my favourite singer.
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Very good explanation. A lot of people are learning from all these examples. Kudos to all of you and please continue to keep on posting.
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