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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    He had / met with an accident. He was knocked down by a car.

    Should I use 'had' or 'met with'?

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 18-Nov-2008 at 17:50.

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    jlinger is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: had / met with an accident

    If he had an accident, the implication was that some of the fault was his own carelessness ... or incontinence.

    If he was in an accident, the implication is that he was innocently involved in something caused entirely by someone else.

    You can say he met with an accident, but it's not as common.

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    Default Re: had / met with an accident

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    He had / met with an accident. He was knocked down by a car.

    Should I use 'had' or 'met with'?

    Many thanks.
    Either - both are acceptable:

    He had an accident. He was knocked down by car
    He met with an accident. He was knocked down by car.

    Also: "He has met with an accident" or "He had met with an accident" or "He has had an accident".

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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Default Re: had / met with an accident

    Thanks, Anglika.

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