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    Is it correct that a composition on an accident should not mention deaths of victims

    My friend's daughter has been advised by her teacher of English language not to write about victims of road accidents being killed or fatally injured when writing a composition on 'A Road Accident' or any other accident.

    I would like to know whether native speaker teachers have also the same advice for their students.

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    Re: Is it correct that a composition on an acicident should not mention deaths of vic

    I do not understand why this advice was given. If the title of the composition is simply 'A Road Accident', then there is only one restriction, in my opinion: a road accident must be a central part of the composition,

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    Re: Is it correct that a composition on an acicident should not mention deaths of vic

    I'd also like to know if there's a difference between being killed and fatally injured.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Is it correct that a composition on an acicident should not mention deaths of vic

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd also like to know if there's a difference between being killed and fatally injured.
    Of course there is!

    If you are killed, you are dead, and if you are fatally injured, you are ...


    ... not living any more.

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    Re: Is it correct that a composition on an acicident should not mention deaths of vic

    On a more serious note, 'killed' suggests to me instant death, while 'fatally injured' suggests that the injuries did not cause instant death. That's just my personal view.

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    Re: Is it correct that a composition on an acicident should not mention deaths of vic

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    On a more serious note, 'killed' suggests to me instant death, while 'fatally injured' suggests that the injuries did not cause instant death. That's just my personal view.
    Fair enough.
    She was killed in an auto accident.
    She died from an auto accident = fatally injured.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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