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.
- 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
2. KILL-MURDER-ASSASSINATE According to Macmillan dictionary
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.
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
The murder was committed over five years ago.
attempted murder (=trying to murder someone):
She is being charged with attempted murder.
See also MANSLAUGHTER
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