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    10 people have been killed and 32 wounded in the past 5 years.

    Now, if the question is about the number of casualties, what is the right answer? 42 or 32?

    Thank you in advance

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaci View Post
    10 people have been killed and 32 wounded in the past 5 years.

    Now, if the question is about the number of casualties, what is the right answer? 42 or 32?

    Thank you in advance
    hi shaci..! the second part of the sentence 'wounded in the past 5 years' means 'have been wounded in the past 5 years' but we don't mention have been to avoid repetition which is considered untolerated.

    so 42 is the correct one

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    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    hi shaci..! the second part of the sentence 'wounded in the past 5 years' means 'have been wounded in the past 5 years' but we don't mention have been to avoid repetition which is considered untolerated.

    so 42 is the correct one
    Thank you.
    So, let me explain it to myself: when we talk about casualties we refer to both fatalities and injuries not just the wounded, right? I would like to think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaci View Post
    Ten people have been killed and 32 wounded in the past five years.

    Now, if the question is about the number of casualties, what is the right answer? 42 or 32?

    Thank you in advance
    A casualty is someone who has been harmed. So there are 42 casualties.

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