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    Fell unluckily

    I want to describe a guy who crashes while riding his bicycle and breaks his leg.

    I would say it like this:
    The guy crashed on his bicycle and fell unluckily, so that he broke his leg.

    Is that correct way of saying it?

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    Re: Fell unluckily

    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    I want to describe a guy who crashes while riding his bicycle and breaks his leg.

    I would say it like this:
    The guy crashed on his bicycle and fell unluckily, so that he broke his leg.

    Is that correct way of saying it?

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    (1) I think that "unluckily" is what traditional grammar books call

    a sentence adverb. That is, it refers to the whole sentence.

    Therefore, it should be placed somewhere else -- preferably at the

    beginning of the sentence:

    Unluckily [in the opinion of the person writing this sentence], he

    had a bicycle accident and fell off, breaking his leg.

    Actually, I think that many native speakers would prefer the

    sentence adverb unfortunately, which can be placed in other

    locations besides the beginning:

    He unfortunately had a bicycle accident and fell off, breaking his leg.


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    Re: Fell unluckily

    I disagree with Parser on this one. While he is correct in what he says about the sentence adverb, I think that you want to say that the unlucky thing was not that he fell, but that the fall was of such a nature that it caused the breaking of his leg. If that is your message, then what you wrote intitially is correct.

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    Re: Fell unluckily

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I disagree with Parser on this one. While he is correct in what he says about the sentence adverb, I think that you want to say that the unlucky thing was not that he fell, but that the fall was of such a nature that it caused the breaking of his leg. If that is your message, then what you wrote intitially is correct.
    Yeah that is exactly what I wanted to say!

    Thank you :)

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