On a YouTube video titled "How Do You Die From Alzheimer's?", one commenter wrote:

"[R]ight grammar is[,] a [sic]

  • how did a person die from alzheimer's?

...[W]rong grammar is[,] a [sic] [simplifying;EA]

  • how do you die from alzheimer's?"

Looking past the egregious construction, it appears that the poster is concerned with the tense. I suppose the thought is that one cannot properly use the present tense for an act, like dying. Or else, the commenter is thinking that an analysis of death can only occur after the fact.

Is the commenter correct?

Thanks :-)

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    There are over a million hits in a Google search for "how do you die from". Perhaps the commenter is confusing grammaticality with their own (questionable) style preferences and logic here. Perhaps they imagine that 'How do you die from X' has to mean 'How do you go about dying from X' (a how-to discussion!), but 'how does one' can certainly be used to mean 'in what way/s does one' (ie what is going on). – Edwin Ashworth Nov 1 '20 at 17:41

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