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5 ways to use 'dead'

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? Dan's here to tell us 5 things about the dead interesting word dead. Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English!

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Dan
Hi! The word dead has so many meanings and we're going to look at five of them!

The first one is simple. It means 'not living'. Monkey? Monkey?! He's dead! No!

You know when you sleep on your arm. When you wake up you can't feel anything, it's numb. It's gone dead. I tried to catch monkey, but my arm had gone dead.

Dead in reference to batteries means they have no power. Hi! I need to… Oh no. The battery's dead.

In informal British English, dead can also mean 'very'. This English In A Minute is dead interesting.

Lastly, in speaking about directions or time, dead can mean 'exactly'. The post office is dead ahead. We should arrive dead on time.

Why should you never talk to a ghost? Because they're dead boring!

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Dead

Not living
Dead
can mean 'not living'.

  • Monkey? Monkey?! He's dead!
  • After the traffic collision, six people were injured and two dead.

Numb
Dead
can mean 'numb'. We often use this in combination with the verb 'go'.

  • I slept on my arm and now it's gone dead!
  • The ball gave me a dead leg when it hit me. I can't walk!

Power
In the context of batteries and electronics, dead means 'out of power'.

  • Oh no! The battery's dead.
  • There's nothing in that drawer except for dead batteries.

Very
In informal British English, dead can mean 'very'.

  • This English In A Minute is dead interesting.
  • Never talk to a ghost - they're dead boring.

Exactly
In the context of directions and time, dead can mean 'exactly'.

  • The post office is dead ahead.
  • We should arrive dead on time.

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