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    question about died/killed

    Hi,
    I would like to ask about the differences in meaning of two sentences below. Could someone confirm that the meaning is the same?
    1) were killed in a plane crash .
    2).. died in plane crash
    In my opinion .. were killed .. suggest that somebody helps to die. Is it true ?
    Regards
    Thomas

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    Re: question about died/killed

    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasGates View Post
    Hi,
    I would like to ask about the differences in meaning of two sentences below. Could someone confirm that the meaning is the same?
    1) were killed in a plane crash .
    2).. died in plane crash
    In my opinion .. were killed .. suggest that somebody helps to die. Is it true ?
    Regards
    Thomas
    The two sentences mean the same thing. After all, "something" helped them to die - the plane crash. The plane crash was the cause of death. If "someone" actually killed them, then it would be "...were killed by..."

    Different prepositions give different meanings:

    They were killed in a plane crash = they died when their plane crashed.
    They were killed by a crazy gunman = the gunman killed them
    They were killed with a rifle = someone used a rifle to kill them

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