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    Default sympathies to those who were injured

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to those who were injured by the accident.

    Does "sympathies" work in this sentence? (It's a letter to those who were injured and their family.)
    I know I can't use "condolences" here because no one was killed in the accident, but can "sympathies" be used both of when people were killed and when people were just injured?

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    Default Re: sympathies to those who were injured

    Yes, but I would use "deepest sympathies" only if the injuries were very serious, and I would phrase it as injured "in" the accident, instead of "by".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: sympathies to those who were injured

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    In addition to Grumpy's answer, I would also like to note that the use of "condolence" is not necessarily restricted to deaths. You can offer your condolences to someone for any significant misfortune, though a death in the family is the most common situation.

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    Default Re: sympathies to those who were injured

    In the UK, condolences are reserved for grieving relatives of the deceased.

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