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    #1

    A friend of hers has died recently.

    "A friend of hers has died recently. That's why she looks _______________".

    After losing a friend, or a job, or after being sick for some time, how do you define the appearance that a person has? Downcast? Drawn? Neither?

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    #2

    Re: A friend of hers has died recently.

    Downcast is very likely. Drawn is no good. Withdrawn is possible, but less likely that downcast.

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    #3

    Re: A friend of hers has died recently.

    I don't find the use of the present perfect at the start natural. I would expect to see just "A friend of hers died recently". She could look a lot of things - sad, miserable, down, downcast, drawn, thin, depressed. It partly depends on whether you're talking about the expression on her face or how her whole body looks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: A friend of hers has died recently.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't find the use of the present perfect at the start natural. I would expect to see just "A friend of hers died recently". She could look a lot of things - sad, miserable, down, downcast, drawn, thin, depressed. It partly depends on whether you're talking about the expression on her face or how her whole body looks.
    To tell the truth, I have to admit I didn't even know it was possible to use the simple past with words such as "recently" or "lately". Maybe I should open a thread on the subject...

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    #5

    Re: A friend of hers has died recently.

    But first, try the search function here with the keywords recently, past simple, present perfect.

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    #6

    Re: A friend of hers has died recently.

    A friend of hers died recently. That's why she looks ___________.

    A. sad
    B. morose
    C. unhappy
    D. downcast

    All are possible.
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