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Dead or Died?

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Another look at a couple of words that English learners often confuse. Do you know the difference in use between dead and died?

Dead

Dead is an adjective. It means no longer alive. For example:

There's a dead mouse in the garden.

My grandfather has been dead for ten years.

The pet fish I bought my daughter last week is already dead.

Died

Died is a verb. It is the past tense and past participle tense of die. To die means to stop living. For example:

She nearly died in a car accident.

The old man died in his sleep.

The plants died because I watered them too much.

Now choose the correct words to complete these sentences:

  • 1 - The batteries in the remote control are ___.




  • 2 - I was surprised to see him in the movie. I thought he was ___!




  • 3 - I threw away the ___ flowers.




  • 4 - He ___ suddenly. No one knew he was sick.




  • 5 - That's the third pet bird that's ___ on me.




  • 6 - I was so scared. I really thought I was going to ___.




  • 7 - The dinosaurs ___ out long, long ago.




  • 8 - I've seen this film before. He ___ in the end.




  • 9 - A lot of wild animals ___ during winter.




  • 10 - She worries about ___ alone.