- 4 Post By emsr2d2
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"died" and "dead"?
died is the past tense of die,
dead is the adjective
but they mean like the same
- He is dead.
- He died.
So what is the difference and when do we say died, when do we say dead
for me, they're like the same, but they're adjective and verb, so i'm confused
Re: "died" and "dead"?
It's up to you which one to use. It depends whether you want to use an adjective or a verb, the same way you would choose whether to use an adjective or a verb in many other sentences.
Originally Posted by ref1
The main point is that if you are going to give a timescale, we usually use "died + timescale". It's not obligatory to use a timescale.
She died last week.
She is dead.
He died in 1942.
- What happened to your uncle?
- He's dead.
- I'm so sorry. When did he die?
- He died last week.
She died last week = common
She's been dead since last week = uncommon in normal everyday speech. It might be used by medical/police when they find a dead body and want to give an idea how long ago the death occurred.
It really depends on whether you simply want to refer to the person's physical state - a person is either alive or dead - or to make the act of dying a verb.
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