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    Die of/from

    "He died of/from hunger and thirst"
    Which of the two prepositions works here??
    Could you help me by telling any other use of "die from" ??

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    Re: Die of/from

    Both work.

    What do you mean by any other use?

    He died from being hit by the bus.
    He died from being struck by lightning.
    He died from drowning.
    ?

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    Re: Die of/from

    It also can be used figuratively. "I'm dying of thirst." "I'm dying to see that film."

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    Re: Die of/from

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    "He died of/from hunger and thirst"
    Which of the two prepositions works here??
    Could you help me by telling any other use of "die from" ??
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Questions like yours also interest and confuse me.

    (2) According to one excellent book (A Comprehensive Grammar of

    the English Language):

    He died of hunger. (cause)

    He died from exposure. (means)

    (3) My daily newspaper is considered one of the top 4 newspapers in the

    United States. Every day I check the obituaries (death notices) to see

    what prepositions are used. I have found that most (not all) writers say:

    She died from the complications of cancer.

    (4) I found these examples in Webster's New International Dictionary

    2nd Edition Unabridged (1959):

    die of old age
    die by another's hand [murdered]
    die in poverty
    a plant dies from lack of care

    (5) I found these in Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary of the

    English Language (1958):

    die of fever
    die by violence
    die for one's country
    die in agony
    die to the world [NOTE: this means, I think, that some very religious people do not do the things that most people do. That is, they pay attention only to religious matters -- not to the usual things that interest most people in this world/life.]

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