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The verb "die" is used in English when a thing or a person stops living or operating. It’s a very, very popular word. Here are some examples of ways to use the word "die."

simple past past participle
  • After his father died, Don needed to find a better job to support the family.
  • If you don’t take care of yourself, you might die at an early age.
  • The musician, Prince, died in 2016.
  • Everyone was sad to hear that he had died.
  • If you don’t give water to a plant, it will die.
  • Everyone dies eventually.
  • The battery in my car died.
  • My phone is dying. (The battery is getting weaker.)
  • My phone just died on me.

dying battery  The battery is dying.

The word "die" is commonly used to exaggerate a condition which does not involve death but does indicate a bad situation:

  • I’m dying for something to drink.
  • That dog is dying for attention.
  • Sandra says she’ll die if she doesn’t do well on her test.
  • We’re dying to find out what’s going to happen next. (Use this for a movie, TV show, podcast, book, or real-life situation.)
  • I just about died when I heard the news.
  • Some parts of the retail industry are slowly dying as they face competition from Amazon.
  • Coal mining is a dying industry because coal can no longer compete with solar and wind as a source of energy. (The word "dying" in this sentence is an adjective.)
  • That’s to die for. (This is a popular expression meaning that something is very attractive or desirable. This pizza is to die for.)
  • I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven. (This expression means that a person is very happy with a present situation.)

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January 5, 2019



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