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"The car is sold for thirty thousand euros," the auctioneer said.

Vs

"The car has been sold for thirty thousand euros," the auctioneer said.

Also

You are fired.

Vs

You have been fired.

What's the difference ?

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    Please see my earlier comment about blank spaces before a question mark. – Mari-Lou A Jun 21 '18 at 9:36
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It's a distinction of precise moment.

As the auctioneer bangs his gavel to signify the end of the sale, he will announce that

"The car is sold for €30,000"

At any time after that, he would have to say

"The car has been [or was] sold for €30,000"

Similarly, as you are standing in front of the boss's desk, he tells you

"You are fired."

As you leave the office, one of your colleagues guesses at what he saw just happen

You have been fired.

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