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    robin lee is offline Member
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    "dead"

    I have listened to the TV. When they mentioned the death of someone, they always said "He is dead" Why not "He was dead" ..that person is no longer here.Can someone explain why the present tense is used "He is dead"

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    2006 is offline Banned
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    Re: "dead"

    Quote Originally Posted by robin lee View Post
    I have listened to the TV. When they mentioned the death of someone, they always said "He is dead" Why not "He was dead" ..that person is no longer here.Can someone explain why the present tense is used "He is dead" Because he still is dead.
    But sometimes they will say 'He was dead'. For example, 'He was (already) dead when the ambulance reached the hospital.'
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