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    #1

    is this right?

    can we say " don't die AFTER them." ? Does it make any sense?

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    #2

    Re: is this right?

    OK

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    #3

    Re: is this right?

    Do you mean "because of"? I'd say "Don't die over it."

    The meaning is that whatever you're talking about is not as important as the other person seems to think.
    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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    Re: is this right?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainyday View Post
    can we say " don't die AFTER them." ? Does it make any sense?
    Unless you count suicide, then we don't really have any say in when we die. To give someone an instruction not to die after them (whoever "they" are) seems somewhat pointless!

    If I said "Don't die FOR them!", I might be talking to someone in the armed services, telling them that the people he/she is fighting for are not worth dying for.

    Can you give us any context?


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    Re: is this right?

    For example, I am trying to understand something to a group of people but they are not understanding it. Finally someone says to me that don't die after them ( don't waste your energy for them, they will not change their attitude).

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    Re: is this right?

    Quote Originally Posted by rainyday View Post
    For example, I am trying to understand something to a group of people but they are not understanding it. Finally someone says to me that don't die after them ( don't waste your energy for them, they will not change their attitude).
    In that case, I would say something like:

    Don't kill yourself over it. (First choice)
    Don't die for them. (OK, but wouldn't be my immediate reaction)

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