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    Default victims or casualties?

    Please help me with the following multiple choice
    1. THere was a great earthquake, but fortunately there were no .............
    A hurt B victims C wounded D casualties

    I chose B. victims but the answer is D. casualties

    In Oxfort Advanced Learner's Compass, there is a phrase "earthquake/ accident victims".

    Can you tell me which is correct?

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    Default Re: victims or casualties?

    I prefer 'casualties', but I'm not sure why... (I'd say 'victims' was acceptable.)

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    Default Re: victims or casualties?

    Quote Originally Posted by san2612 View Post
    Please help me with the following multiple choice
    1. THere was a great earthquake, but fortunately there were no .............
    A hurt B victims C wounded D casualties

    I chose B. victims but the answer is D. casualties

    In Oxfort Advanced Learner's Compass, there is a phrase "earthquake/ accident victims".

    Can you tell me which is correct?
    B, C or D.
    I think that 'casualties' is chosen because, even though no one might be injured, there could still be victims. A victim of an earthquake is anyone who suffers in any way, say economically or emotionally, from the earthquake. It's unlikely (but possible) that there would be no victims from a great earthquake.

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    Not a teacher

    I think that casualties are physically injured victims of war or a natural disaster but victim could be a victim of a robbery, a swindle or a fraud.

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    Default Re: victims or casualties?

    Quote Originally Posted by san2612 View Post
    Please help me with the following multiple choice
    1. THere was a great earthquake, but fortunately there were no .............
    A hurt B victims C wounded D casualties

    I chose B. victims but the answer is D. casualties

    In Oxfort Advanced Learner's Compass, there is a phrase "earthquake/ accident victims".

    Can you tell me which is correct?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Kindly go the "search" box at this website.

    (2) Type in "casualty or victim."

    (3) The first result (from November 15, 2010) is very helpful.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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