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    Default Can I say"many people are died" or "are dead" is more accurate?

    Can I say"many people are died" or "many people are dead" is more accurate?
    and which sentence is more accurate? "He has been dead for many years" or "He has been died for many years"

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    Default Re: Can I say"many people are died" or "are dead" is more accurate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiangyueming View Post
    Can I say"many people are died" or "many people are dead" is more accurate?
    and which sentence is more accurate? "He has been dead for many years" or "He has been died for many years"

    Thanks

    You can say
    Many people have died.
    Many people are dead.
    He has been dead for many years.
    He died many years ago.

    But it is ungrammatical to say
    Many people are died.
    He has been died for many years.

    The word "accurate" is not a good choice here. Use "correct" or "grammatical."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Can I say"many people are died" or "are dead" is more accurate?

    thanks a lot

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    Default Re: Can I say"many people are died" or "are dead" is more accurate?

    Quote Originally Posted by jiangyueming View Post
    Thanks a lot.
    Just remember that "dead" is an adjective so would be preceded (usually) by a form of the verb "to be".

    He is dead.
    They are dead.
    She will be dead.

    "Died" is the past form of "to die", so is used either on its own or with the rest of the present/past perfect. It follows the usual pattern of a regular verb.

    He died.
    He has died.
    He had died.

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    Thanks for pointing out the errors. I learn a lot.

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