Get busy living, or get busy dying. This famous line, delivered by Andy Dufresne in the movie The Shawshank Redemption, would have made a lot less sense had he used the spelling "dyeing"! Let\u2019s have a look at how and where you should use the words dying and dyeing in your writing.\r\nDying (Approaching Death)\r\nThe word "dying" can be a verb, adjective, or noun, but typically refers to approaching death. It is principally the present participle (i.e., an -ing verb) of the word "die." For example, we could say:\r\nWe could stop people dying of preventable diseases with better medical resources.\r\nAs an adjective, meanwhile, it means "on the point of death":\r\nWith his dying breath, he said "Take care of my daughter."\r\nAnd used as a noun, it refers to the process of dying or people near to death:\r\nIn this hospital, we are surrounded by the dead and dying.\r\nMore figuratively, we can use this word to describe something that is ceasing to exist or function, or something that is losing its force or popularity:\r\nLetter writing is a dying art.\r\nInformally, we also use the phrase "dying for" to express a need for something:\r\nIt\u2019s been a long day and I\u2019m dying for a coffee.\r\nIt's best not to mistake this usage with the literal ones above, though!\r\nDyeing (Altering the Color of Something)\r\n"Dyeing" can be a verb or a noun. As a verb, it is the present participle of "dye" and refers to coloring something with a special liquid (also known as a dye). This is usually clothes or hair. For instance, we could say:\r\nThe tailor was dyeing the waistcoat to match the jacket.\r\nDyeing my hair is expensive and it fades so quickly!\r\nUsed as a noun, meanwhile, it refers to the process of coloring something:\r\nDyeing is a key stage in fabric manufacturing.\r\nIn all cases, though, "dyeing" is related to coloring something.\r\nSummary: Dying or Dyeing?\r\nAlthough these words sound and look similar, they have very different meanings! Remember the following definitions:\r\n\r\n\tDying typically refers to approaching death or ceasing to exist.\r\n\tDyeing refers to coloring something with a liquid, usually textiles or hair.\r\n\r\nIf you can remember that a "dye" is a liquid used to color something, it should be easy to tell these words apart, as "dye" is at the start of "dyeing."\r\nHowever, if you\u2019d like an expert to check the spelling in a document, we have proofreaders available 24\/7. Just let us know how we can help!