Saying "I'm dying" alone is normal and correct, but what if it was followed (for any reason) by a preposition? Would "at" be the correct one to use as in (I'm dying at this)?

  • It was stated in that specific format by someone as a sub-comment to a funny remark, but I'm not sure of their nationality.

In formal, correct grammar, "at" would not be correct. A grammatically correct version might be "I'm dying because of this" or "I'm dying from this," but either one would sound strange in the context you have described. Grammatical or not, "I'm dying at [something funny]" has become a common idiom, especially on the internet, and it is not readily replaced by a truly grammatical alternative.

If you want to express the same sentiment but are determined to be grammatically correct, you could say "I'm going to die laughing at this!" or "That's so funny I'm going to die!" It's easy to get wrong, though, and just slightly misusing any idiom involving death could make people uncomfortable.

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    You have hit the nails [ha ha] on the head.
    – Lambie
    Mar 20 '19 at 19:36
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    I agree with this. Maybe "at" has become commonly used in this context esp. on the internet because it can be written succinctly with the symbol '@'.
    – Mixolydian
    Mar 20 '19 at 19:37
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    When speaking, I'd reply to someone who said something funny with "You're killing me!" Same origin, "dying from laughter".
    – Andrea
    Mar 20 '19 at 19:50

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