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    Question "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
    thank you

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    Default Re: "died" and "dead"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ref1 View Post
    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
    thank you
    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.

    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 died.
    She is dead.
    He died in 1942.
    He's dead.

    - 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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    Default Re: "died" and "dead"?

    Welcome to the forum, ref1.

    Your posts will be easier to read if you place the words you are talking about in inverted commas - "died".
    Quote Originally Posted by ref1 View Post
    "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", and when (do we say) "dead"?
    f For me, they're like the same, but they're adjective and verb, so i I'm confused.
    t Thank you.

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