When I write a story in English, is it better to use present or past tense?
Also, Can I write " and he's like 'yeah, I didn't like him'" , instead of " and he says ' yeah, I didn't like him'"?
That depends on what is going on in your story. If you're trying to give the idea that something is presently going on, then you'd write in the present. For example:
"John wakes up at the same time everyday. He brushes his teeth, has breakfast, reads the paper and then heads to work....." etc.
As soon as you go into telling a narrative or something that happened in the past (I'd say most stories are written in the past tense. It takes some creativity to write a story in the present), then you have to use the past tense:
"Once upon a time there lived a princess in a giant castle. One day the princess came upon a frog....."
what about the other part of the question? can I use " He was like:...." instead of " He said:....."
Can you give me more of the text? It's a bit difficult to tell what's going on with what you wrote.
Using "he's like" is an informal slang way to say "he said." If you're trying to write a dialogue where two individuals are speaking casually as one would in the street with friends, then I don't see any harm in it. If, however, you're writing something formal or academic, then I wouldn't recommend it.
"He was like..." is okay for informal speech (although it's a little too Valley Girl-Californiaspeak to be taken seriously), but for written narrative it's not okay unless you're writing from a modern character's p.o.v.
what's p.o.v. stand for?
Please, General Ricardo, don't forget your manners. The words "please" and "thank you" are integral components of the English language.
I'm not forgetting my manners. I didn't have the chance to check these replies till now.
By the way, your asking me to use these words as if you helped me with anything. Also, I don't think there's a single language in the world in which 'The words "please" and "thank you"' are NOT " integral components".
Please -/- do yourself a favor and go do something usefull as I'm doing. Go learn another langauge at least!!!
-/- is right, it seems you have forgotten your manners: no "please" and no "thanks" at all!
If you would mind your bussiness! This is something between me and -/-!
Please and thankyou. Now there's an interesting concept. My view of it is, if someone comes here to ask for help, and receives a reply that an individual has taken the time and trouble to construct, then why should that individual have to trouble themselves with a please and thankyou?
I'm not condoning rude or offensive posts, but why should the person offering assistance be so obsequious? To get the help and advice elsewhere one might have to pay.
Sorry, going back to the original topic - most stories in English seem to be written in the past tense, although a few modern novels (like Nobel prizewinner J M Coetzee's Disgrace) are written in the present.
The funny thing is the way this varies from language to language. Most Afrikaans stories seem to be written in the present tense. Even the Afrikaans translation of the first Harry Potter book changed the tense to present. Maybe this is because in English, the past tense is almost as brief as the present tense, whereas in Afrikaans and probably many other languages it's more wordy?