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    Thumbs down wound & injure

    1.Be careful with your gun! You may _________ somebody.
    A. injure B. wound C. hurt D. ache
    Why is “B. wound” correct? Is it because “We wound somebody with a gun.”? Why not “A.injure”? Many thanks.

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    Default Re: wound & injure

    what happens to C?

    take a look at this thread:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...d-injured.html

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    Default Re: wound & injure

    The only one of those four verbs that is inadmissible is 'ache', as it is not a transitive verb (you can't 'ache someone'). The choice between the other 3 is a matter of context. Someone who wants to play down or make light of possible injury/fatality might well say 'Put that gun down. You might hurt someone.'

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    Default Re: wound & injure

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'Put that gun down. You might hurt someone.'

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    I like "might" rather than "may" in this context too.
    We wouldn't want the listener to understand the sentence as:
    "Be careful with your gun! However, you may hurt someone, if you want to".

    It reminds me of an old gag about the surgeon who says to his resident:
    "Be careful with your scalpel. You may cut the aorta."

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