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    counting injuries ...

    Hi

    (It's about a soldier)

    His Purple Hearts could not be denied him because the wounds alone were proof enough. All told, he received four of them, counting injuries received in other battles.

    I understand he received four Purple Hearts altogether, but I'm not sure about the part "counting injuries received in other battles". Of course I understand these words, but somehow I cannot figure out what the author wanted to say here.

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    Re: counting injuries ...

    It means including.

    The school trip will have 56 people, counting the adult chaperones.
    I have 15 pairs of shoes in my closet, counting my two pairs of flip-flops.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: counting injuries ...

    Ok. It's clearer. However there's something I don't quite understand. Or maybe I just don't read it in the right way.

    Altogether he received four Purple Hearts including injuries received in other battles.

    What does the first part of the sentence have got to do with the second part?

    Maybe: Apart from the Purple Hearts he received he also received wounds/injuries in other battles. Make sense?

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    Re: counting injuries ...

    The logic of it escaped me as well. It would seem that he got one Purple Heart for each injury in each battle.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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