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I know how to use the present tense 'is' for talking about stories. For exmaple, In The Sopronos blah blah blah. And then blah blah blah. Pastor's Sopranos character is killed early in the series as payback for snitching. on the mob.

1. Pastore's Sopranos character is killed early in the series as payback for snitching on the mob. (If I my example isn't correct, could you correct it? Thanks.)

How do I use 'was' and when do I use it?

2. Pastore's Sopranos character was killed early in the series as payback for snitching on the mob.

Thanks.
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Jack112http://entertainment.sympatico.msn.ca/tv/articles/1325589.armx

I know how to use the present tense 'is' for talking about stories. For exmaple, In The Sopronos blah blah blah. And then blah blah blah. Pastor's Sopranos character is killed early in the series as payback for snitching. on the mob.

1. Pastore's Sopranos character is killed early in the series as payback for snitching on the mob. (If I my example isn't correct, could you correct it? Thanks.)

How do I use 'was' and when do I use it?

2. Pastore's Sopranos character was killed early in the series as payback for snitching on the mob.

Thanks.
Both are common. Even movie and TV reviewers use the present when talking about an episode.
2. Pastore's Sopranos character was killed early in the series as payback for snitching on the mob. (In this case, he used 'was'. How is it used? And when do I use it?)
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When speaking about literature, film, etc., you should use the present tense, as that story is forever ongoing.
hello jack,

for e.g.

Ahmet has killed Murat yesterday and tomorrow the tv says

Ahmet was killed by Murat yesterday. this is passive tense.

S + WAS/WERE + VERB3

but Ahmet cleans her room everyday. in passive: The room is cleaned everyday by Ahmet. This sentence is used for general.
and one more example

if you use was + verb3, sentence is past. Usame bin Laden attacked New York World Trade Center in 2001

in passive: The New York World Trade Center was attacked by Usame bin Laden in 2001.

i hope you understand.
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Yunusand one more example

if you use was + verb3, sentence is past. Usame bin Laden attacked New York World Trade Center in 2001

in passive: The New York World Trade Center was attacked by Usame bin Laden in 2001.

i hope you understand.

yunus: I think jack112 is talking about fiction, primarily.
... was killed by ...this is passive tense

No. This is past tense, passive voice. ("present" and "past" are tenses; "active" and "passive" are called voices.)