Some words you often get confused with:


It has been reported that I was seriously ill–it was another man; dying–it was another man; dead–the other man again…As far as I can see, nothing remains to be reported, except that I have become a foreigner. When you hear it, don’t you believe it. And don’t take the trouble to deny it. – Letter to Frank E. Bliss, 11/4/1897. Mark Twain.

From http://www.twainquotes.com/Death.html


  • My friend is dead.
  • He died yesterday. He has just died.
  • His death was a surprise.


  • Die is a Verb (an action word) ≠ be born
  • Died is the past simple and participle of the verb DIE.
  • Dying is the gerund
  • Dead is an Adjective (a descriptive word) ≠ alive
  • Death is a Noun (a naming word) ≠ life

Exercise: http://www.grammarbank.com/dead-death-died.html

2. KILL-MURDER-ASSASSINATE According to Macmillan dictionary

a) KILL:

to make a person or other living thing die

Each year thousands of people are killed and injured on the roads.

Many people believe that killing animals for sport is morally wrong.

Speed kills


VERB: to commit the crime of killing someone deliberately

She was murdered on her own doorstep.

 NOUN: the crime of killing someone deliberately

The jury found him guilty of murder.

a murder investigation/charge/conviction

 commit murder: 

The murder was committed over five years ago.

attempted murder (=trying to murder someone):

She is being charged with attempted murder.


the crime of causing someone’s death illegally but without intending to.


to kill a famous or important person, especially for political reasons or for payment

an attempt to assassinate the president

 Exercise: http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/crime-vocabulary

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