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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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how is the difference between the dead and the dying?

how is the difference between the dead and the dying?
When I searched "deaf" on oxford dictionary, I also realized the dead and the dying.
But I can not image the context to use these words.
Pls help me explain them and give me some examples.
Thank you.

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  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,696 ✭✭✭✭
    My image for these two words:
    The dead: They died; they have died billions of years ago; they are dead.


    The dying: not likely to live any longer. He is dying.

    Aspirations For Dying
  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Teacher Posts: 2,011 mod
    @tdtd071191 - I presume you meant dead not deaf?

    Dying is the process of death.

    Dead is the result of that process.

  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 1,641 ✭✭✭✭
    @Shiny03
    Those skeletons....aren't they still in the process of dying?
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,696 ✭✭✭✭
    Who said 'they are'? Do you think they are dying or they are still alive? @takafromtokyo :wink:
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,065 mod
    If someone is dead, they had already died. If they are dying, they are on their way to becoming dead.
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