deserve /dəˈzərv/ verb

do something or have or show qualities worthy of (reward or punishment).

Which of the following sentences grammatically correct?

He deserved to die.


He deserves to die.

or maybe they mean the same thing?

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    Same essential meaning, but different tenses. – Davo Apr 20 '17 at 0:52
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    So you mean, after he died, I would say, "He deserved to die." same goes here: before he dies, I would say, "He deserves to die." – Fawkes Apr 20 '17 at 0:54

1.He deserves to die.

2.He deserved to die.

Both sentences are grammatical but are used in different contexts. #1 reveals one's opinion with respect to a person's fate, that is to happen sooner or later, whereas #2 talks about one's opinion about a deceased person or one person that somehow escaped death.

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