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    flood victims vs flooded victims

    A measure to help flood victims affected by Superstorm Sandy was overwhelmingly approved by the House in a 354-67 vote Friday.

    I have searched the phrase "flooded victim" but there are no hits. Therefore, I think it is wrong.
    Can you explain why I can't use "flooded victims" in the sentence above.
    Can I use this phrase in other context?

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    A measure to help flood victims affected by Superstorm Sandy was overwhelmingly approved by the House in a 354-67 vote Friday.

    I have searched the phrase "flooded victim" but there are no hits. Therefore, I think it is wrong.
    Can you explain why I can't use "flooded victims" in the sentence above.
    Can I use this phrase in other context?
    Flood victims = victims of a flood.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    The house is flooded. The victim is not.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    The water is in their houses, not them.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    Thank you all,
    It was confusing me because in my native language we can say "flooded victims" talk about people whose houses are flooded but this is not correct in English.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    They would be flood victims in English.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    ... but I think I've heard people describe flood victims as 'flooded out [of their homes]'. Or, if I haven't heard it, I could make sense of it.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    I've heard it.

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    Re: flood victims vs flooded victims

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I've heard it.
    So have I.

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