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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    He injured his hand and leg / his leg in the/a hit-and-ran/run accident.

    I believe it should be 'a' and 'run'.

    Am I right?

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    Default Re: correct words

    Either is fine depending on context.

    "What happened to that guy?"

    "Oh, he injured his hand in a hit-and-run accident two years ago."

    "Too bad."

    "Yes, ever since the hit-and-run accident, he's been unable to play the violin."

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    Default Re: correct words

    In your example, either "the" or "a" can be used.

    But under no circumstances use "hit-and-ran".

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    I thought I had posted a whole paragraph explaining what a hit-and-run (not ran) was. Must've disappeared. :(

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    Default Re: correct words

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    He injured his hand and leg / his leg in the/a hit-and-ran/run accident.

    I believe it should be 'a' and 'run'.

    Am I right?

    You are definitely correct about "run".

    The choice of "a" or "the" depends on the context.

    If you are discussing a specific accident, then "the" is correct. If you are suggesting that the accident is question is one of many such accidents, then "a" is correct.

    So, for example:

    He was involved in three minor road accidents last year. There were two accidents after which the driver stopped, and a hit-and-run accident. He injured his hand in the hit-and-run accident, and hurt his legs in the others.

    Mark

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