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Why do you say 'the die is cast' and not 'the dice is cast'?
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It seems that dice is also used to mean just one die, take a look at this old thread:
Why isn't it "The die has been cast" ?
Thank you Gillnetter for your elaborate reply.
If I get what you said correctly, the phrase once was translated word-to-word and it has been being used this way. But my question stands, if it wasn't Caesar, let's say, if it was you who first said it, both as a native-speaker and as an English teacher, how would you say it?
If it was something like that;
The die is cast and a soul is doomed.(Let's embellish it; one, you die, six you live. ) It would be ok to my ears (my non-native ears of course)
But in such a case below, I'd expect "has been";
The die has been cast, and there is nothing we can do. (We are so helpless!)
If, by any means, you feel that I've been bothering you with the same question over and over again, feel free to omit this one last question of me. I've just felt a bit confused about your simple present choice over present perfect.
Ok, so far, no die has been cast, but instead "No Dice!" has been cast.
Sometimes we use the simple present instead of the present perfect as a way of lending an air of gravity and permanence to an act. Where we might say, "it has been done," we could instead choose to say, "it is done," with a very subtle undertone that what was done was something grave and significant, that cannot be undone. Christians celebrate the idea of Jesus' return from the dead with the phrase, "he is risen!" not "he has risen," for example.
However, I think there may be some reminiscences here of present perfect formations with "be" instead of the common "have".
See the last posts of this recent thread: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...814-has-2.html
But I am talking just about the nomenclature of course.
The technical name you choose to call for the formation "He is risen" does not change its meaning.