1. She died young.
but we don't say
2. She died happy.
3. She died happily.
What if my students ask me why not 'died happy' like 'died young'?
Is there any way to explain it grammatically?
Or do I have to say 'it's just the way they speak?'
P.S: Friday is coming~
It certainly does.
Time for a change.
NOT A TEACHER
It's an interesting question. "We" do say, 'He died peacefully in his sleep' so "die" doesn't always go with an adjective, just to make sure.
This is what I got from a different forum:
The grammar point is that the different parts of speech indicate different conditions:
He died happy = He was happy [about the sunshine or his new hat, perhaps] at the moment he died.
He died happily = He was happy that he was dying.
'They all lived happily ever after' is as much a fixed expression as an arguing point for its grammar.
happy / happily