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    Hi there,

    She has died for several years.
    She has been dead for several years.

    Difference?

    thanks
    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    She has died for several years. She died several years ago.

    She has been dead for several years.

    Difference? No difference...still dead! But I like the simple past tense sentence more.

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    Hi there,
    thanks,

    But how about in this example?

    Mary's mother had died when she was born. OR
    Mary's mother had been dead when she was born.


    Which one is correct? any difference in meaning between the two sentences?

    Thanks
    pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,
    thanks,

    But how about in this example?

    Mary's mother had died when she was born. OR
    Mary's mother had been dead when she was born.


    Which one is correct? any difference in meaning between the two sentences?

    Thanks
    pete
    Both are impossible. Mary's mother cannot have been dead when she was born.

    Mary's mother died when she was born [she died in labour]

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    HI there,
    Thanks a lot.
    Sorry to ask one more question.

    I read an article about a woman died in a car accident. She had a baby. Luckily, there was a doctor and with the help of the ambulance men, he immediately did a surgery and successfully saved her baby. In this case, can I say
    like this:

    The woman had died when her baby was born.

    thanks

    pete

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    "The woman was dead when her baby was delivered by caesarian section."

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    Hi there,
    Thanks a lot for your answers. May I ask the last question about 'die'?

    Do you mean English native speakers rarely use 'die' with present perfect tense? Under what circumstances will you use 'have /has /had died'???

    Thanks a lot

    pete

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    "He has died" - this is commonly used to say that someone died.

    "I haven't seen Joe Bloggs recently."
    "Oh - hadn't you heard? He has died."


    It is tragic about the children who were lost on the moor. They have died from exposure.

    The rescuers tried to reach the crashed plane before it was too late, but by the time they arrived all the passengers had died.

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