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    Default burns to their stomach

    [1:45] Today the girls are being treated for burns to their face, chest, arms and stomach...
    (British women in Zanzibar acid attack; BBC News)

    I suppose he means 'the surface of the abdomen' rather than 'the organ inside one's body'.

    Is it immediately understood or is it slightly ambiguous (at least at first, since he is talking about acid burns, which may include burns 'inside' one's stomach)?

    Although I might not have heard everything correctly...

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    Default Re: burns to their stomach

    You probably heard correctly.

    It is generally understood to mean 'the surface of the abdomen'.

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    Default Re: burns to their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    [1:45] Today the girls are being treated for burns to their face, chest, arms and stomach...
    (British women in Zanzibar acid attack; BBC News)

    I suppose he means 'the surface of the abdomen' rather than 'the organ inside one's body'. Yes.

    Is it immediately understood or is it slightly ambiguous (at least at first, since he is talking about acid burns, which may include burns 'inside' one's stomach)?, Possible, but not likely, unless they had been taken captive and forced to actually drink the acid, for instance.

    Although I might not have heard everything correctly...

    Thanks.
    charliedeut

    PS: Of course, if they had been forced to drink the acid, not just their stomach would have burns.
    Last edited by charliedeut; 09-Aug-2013 at 08:11. Reason: added PS
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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