How does the meaning change if I say "people dye from ~" instead of "people are dying from"?
First off, it needs to be "die," not "dye." The spelling of the word actually changes the meaning. The difference between "people die from" and "people are dying from" is one is generalized, and one is specific. "People die from" is more generalized; that it's being stated more as a fact instead of a current situation. "People are dying" indicates that people in China are mainly dying of a stroke. This is very specific and is currently happening.
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