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  1. Boris Tatarenko's Avatar
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    #1

    could die / could've died

    I was playing a computer game and there was a dangerous in-game situation but one of my teammates saved me.
    I automatically said "I could've died!" but then I asked myself whether "I could die" also worked.

    What would you say?

    I'm very confused right now. Would you mind throwing some light on this issue?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: could die / could've died

    As the possibility of dying was before you uttered the word. then only I could have (could've) died works.

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    #3

    Re: could die / could've died

    I feel a need to be pedantic.
    "As the possibility of dying was only before you uttered the word ..."
    That is, the possibility of dying is not current when you uttered the words. "I could die" is not true at the time of speaking.

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    #4

    Re: could die / could've died

    "I could die" is idiomatic if, for example, you've done something really embarrassing. "I'm so humiliated I could die!"
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Jan-2016 at 09:33. Reason: Fixing typo.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: could die / could've died

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I feel a need to be pedantic.
    I am all in favour of that when it improves the answer. It did.

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    #6

    Re: could die / could've died

    You could have said "Thanks. I could've died. Of course, I still could!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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