Die, Died, or Dead?
Many students make mistakes with the words die and death. Here is a quick answer:
to die = a regular verb (die/died/died). Example: I don't want to die. / My dog died. / We will die.
dead = an adjective. Example: Elvis Presley is dead. / I saw a dead mouse.
There is also a noun, death. It is mainly used in two ways.
1) an uncountable noun. Definition: The end of life. Note: no article (a/an/the) is needed.
Example: I'm afraid of death. / He likes talking about life and death.
2) a countable noun. Definition: A situation in which a person dies.
Example: There were many deaths in the war. / The death of John Lennon made many people sad.
Do You Think You Understand?
Choose the correct word for the below sentence.
1. This is a dangerous city. If you go outside at night, you might !
2. In 1000 years, I will .
3. Two years ago, my grandmother .
4. is very sad. I wish we lived forever.
5. The police found a body in the forest.
Important Note: Pass Away
We often use the phrasal verb pass away instead of the verb die. It is true that phrasal verbs are usually more casual than regular verbs. However, in this case, pass away is more polite and is better for formal situations.
For example, it is nicer to say, "I'm sorry to hear that your mother passed away" than "I'm sorry to hear that your mother died." The second sentence is not rude, but the first one sounds nicer. The idea of 'passing away' means that the person has passed on, or moved on to a better place (heaven, for example). This is a nicer idea.
Write Your Own Sentences
What do you think about these questions? Write an answer in the comment area below.
- What would you like to do before you die?
- What customs does your country follow when someone dies?
- Where do we go when we die?
- Do you think people should think more about death?
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