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    Dead vs Died

    Why on English TV programmes, I hear people say something like:
    "I thought John was dead!"
    but not
    "I thought John died"

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    Re: Dead vs Died

    Why do people say was dead instead of died?

    Adjective: I thought John was dead. Describes John.
    Verb: I thought John died. Describes what John did.
    Participle: I thought John had died. Describes what John had done.

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