Would "死んでいたそう(ね)" be an appropriate translation for "looks like you almost died (there)"?

Imagine you throw your scarf around your neck and almost hit a person. Except a scarf hardly hurts and actually it was so far away it could have never hit the person. Yet the person looks at you as if you almost killed her/him.


Among the most common and natural-sounding phrases for that type of situations would be:




I would personally recommend the second one above.

「"死んでいたそう(ね)"」 would not work because it expresses hearsay meaning:

"I hear (someone) was already dead (then)."

  • I wonder if the OP was thinking of 連用形 + そうになる. Could that construction be used naturally here? – user3856370 Dec 6 '19 at 9:13
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    If it were 死にそうになった, it would be very natural. – l'électeur Dec 7 '19 at 15:39

I think these might sound funny if said quickly / abruptly


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    「死亡したそうだと思った」 - do you mean 「死亡しそうだと思った」? – Aeon Akechi Dec 6 '19 at 2:14
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    くたばちゃったら いけないなので -- Can you double check you spelled them correctly. – Chocolate Dec 7 '19 at 0:40
  • くたばちゃたっら <- I think you meant to type「くたばちゃたら」(日本語に「(た)っら」っていうのはないです)「いけないので」(not ない+な+ので but ない+ので) – Chocolate Jan 16 '20 at 15:26

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