Consider the clone spell in D&D 5e. It allows you to grow a new body for a living creature (a process taking 120 days) provided you have a sample of their flesh.
At any time after the clone matures, if the original creature dies, its soul transfers to the clone, provided that the soul is free and willing to do so.
Obviously, if a creature has a clone ready and they then die, their clone comes to life. But my question is whether clone still raises the target to life if they die between the casting of clone and the maturation of the clone 120 days later. One could argue that the present tense of 'dies' precludes this possibility, but it isn't explicitly ruled out, leaving a bit of ambiguity.
I ask partly because Pathfinder's equivalent of clone explicitly does allow you to use clone to raise an already-dead creature. Although Pathfinder's version differs from D&D 5e's version in several ways, so this might be another difference between them.
Thank you to MikeQ for pointing out that clone can only be cast on living creatures, as per the first sentence of the spell description, allowing me to narrow the scope of this question to just the 120 day period between the casting of the spell and the maturation of the clone.