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    ph2004 is offline Member
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    dieing/dying ?

    I saw that both "dieing" and "dying" can be used as the present continuous of "to die". What is the most common one ? And why is "dying" also correct ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    I saw that both "dieing" and "dying" can be used as the present continuous of "to die". What is the most common one ? And why is "dying" also correct ?
    There is no such word as "dieing". www.websters.com which is a great source for spelling of Englsh words returned no word with the spelling entered. The correct spelling is "dying" which is 100% used.

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    Re: dieing/dying ?

    Just as the "ing" form of the verb "to lie" is lying, the "ing" form of the verb "to die" is dying. Dieing is not a word.

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    Re: dieing/dying ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    I saw that both "dieing" and "dying" can be used as the present continuous of "to die". What is the most common one ? And why is "dying" also correct ?
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    (Talking about the verb 'to die' as in - to cease to live) I've never seen 'dieing' used as a spelling of 'dying'. I only know 'dying' to be correct.

    There is another verb - to die - which means to cut with a die (a die is a blade/sharp implement used to cut material in industry). The progressive form of this verb is 'dieing', but I doubt it is used a lot outside factories.

    [Edit] - Others seem to be saying dieing is not a word, so I'm adding this link to dictionary.com. The entry is definition 2.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dieing
    Last edited by Linguist__; 21-Dec-2009 at 05:58. Reason: Reason in red

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    Re: dieing/dying ?

    Yes, it's always good to check before saying something is not a word, because one will often be surprised to find that such word in fact exists.

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