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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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What is the difference between the dead and the dying?

tdtd071191tdtd071191 Posts: 20 ✭✭
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.
Post edited by Lynne on


  • amatsuscribbleramatsuscribbler Posts: 2,213 mod
    @tdtd071191 - I presume you meant dead not deaf?

    Dying is the process of death.

    Dead is the result of that process.

  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,057 ✭✭✭✭
    Those skeletons....aren't they still in the process of dying?
  • Shiny03Shiny03 Posts: 2,815 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Who said 'they are'? Do you think they are dying or they are still alive? @takafromtokyo :wink:
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,992 mod
    If someone is dead, they had already died. If they are dying, they are on their way to becoming dead.
  • DaneshDanesh Posts: 22 ✭✭
    Dead: no more alive, which means the soul leaves the body.
    Dying: is the process of the soul leaving the body, nearing to the end of the life line
  • maykmayk Posts: 156 ✭✭
    DEAD - a person inside the coffin not alive and not breathing. Chance to live 0-100

    DYING - a person inside the hospital alive and breathing through the help of machine. Chance to live 50-50
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 26,992 mod
    @tdtd071191 if you are dead drunk, this doesn't mean that you are dead, only that you are very drunk.

    If you are dying to do something, this doesn't mean that you are on your way to becoming dead but that you want to do something very much.
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