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Let's say, I'm riding on a bus, all of a sudden I hear a gunshot and the passenger next to me is bleeding. Which is the right tense to use?

1. Someone is shot!

2. Someone has been shot!

3. Someone was shot!

I think #1 is wrong because the shooting has happened and it belongs to the past.

Thanks in advance!
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I would say "Someone has been shot!"
That's what I heard on TV but I think 'Someone was shot' is correct as well, don't you think so?
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New2grammarThat's what I heard on TV but I think 'Someone was shot' is correct as well, don't you think so?

Let's say, I'm riding on a bus, all of a sudden I hear a gunshot and the passenger next to me is bleeding.

If you say it at the moment the shooting has just taken place, it should be "Someone has been shot!"
Let me give another scenario:

As I walk past a playground, I see a boy push a little girl and the girl falls down.

The mother who has been busy talking with the other parents does not know what has just happened and asks 'What happened?'

As a witness, I'd say 'The boy pushed the girl' or would you say 'The boy has pushed the girl'?

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New2grammarLet me give another scenario:

As I walk past a playground, I see a boy push a little girl and the girl falls down.

The mother who has been busy talking with the other parents does not know what has just happened and asks 'What happened?'

As a witness, I'd say 'The boy pushed the girl' or would you say 'The boy has pushed the girl'?
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Thanks, Yoong Liat! This is interesting. Does it mean if a guy walks up to me and sees the passenger next to me covered in blood and asks "What happened?", I should say "He was shot" instead of "He has been shot"?
New2grammarThanks, Yoong Liat! This is interesting. Does it mean if a guy walks up to me and sees the passenger next to me covered in blood and asks "What happened?", I should say "He was shot" instead of "He has been shot"?

Yes.
Thank you, Yoong Liat!
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