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Difference between person and human -- Does "person" mean alive human?

Discussion in 'Language & Culture' started by Math Wizard, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Math Wizard

    Math Wizard Guest

    According to website http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-person-and-human, a key difference between "person" and "human" is that "person" refers to a being that consists of life and a soul, and has the capability of conscious thought.

    My question is as follows. Does this imply that when we use person to refer to somebody, must he/she be alive for a dead person does not have life and soul? For example, dead person is often heard, but I've (almost) never heard alive person, and neither I've heard a dead human. Does this fact imply that a person is presumed to be alive, and we use dead person to indicate he/she is dead, but when he/she is alive, just use person, not alive person?

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