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    #1

    stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Which of the following sentences are correct or sound more natural? Thank you so much.

    A. The nurse stopped the blood from the wound.
    B. The nurse stopped the bleeding from the wound.
    C. The nurse arrested the bleeding from the wound.
    D. The nurse staunched the flow of blood from the wound.
    E. The nurse staunched the blood from the wound.
    F. The nurse staunched the wound.

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    #2

    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    I'm not even close to being in the medical field, but I would say "stopped the bleeding."
    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: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    "Stopped the bleeding" or "staunched the flow of blood" for me.

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    #4

    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    "Stopped the bleeding" certainly, but stanch can also be used as an alternative.

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    #5

    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Stanch and Staunch - Commonly Confused Words - Stanch versus Staunch

    Stanch, not staunch. This is a commonly confused pair.

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    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Stanch and Staunch - Commonly Confused Words - Stanch versus Staunch

    Stanch, not staunch. This is a commonly confused pair.
    Yet staunch *is* an acceptable alternative spelling to stanch, is it not?
    Stanch - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
    stanch - definition of stanch by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Quote Originally Posted by allenman View Post
    I guess it is an alternative, but the words are usually used as my link shows.

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    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    SoothingDave, I was with you, and had drafted a post saying it should be stanch, but thought, "Maybe I'd better check..." and sure enough, I found that staunch was listed as a variant of stanch.

    I had always thought that staunch meant steady; unmoving, as in 'He was a staunch conservative'. Maybe this is yet another case of usage (perhaps incorrect usage) creating an accepted norm?

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    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Wow. If that's the case, I've been using it incorrectly as the accepted norm for years. I'd never even seen "stanch" and used "staunch" for both "firm, resolute" and "to stop".

    I would like to add we also "stem the flow of blood".

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    #10

    Re: stanch/staunch the flow of blood?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Which of the following sentences are correct or sound more natural? Thank you so much.

    A. The nurse stopped the blood from the wound.
    B. The nurse stopped the bleeding from the wound.
    C. The nurse arrested the bleeding from the wound.
    D. The nurse staunched the flow of blood from the wound.
    E. The nurse staunched the blood from the wound.
    F. The nurse staunched the wound.

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    I believe that some speakers follow a simple "rule" as defined by

    Mr. Bryan A. Garner in his A Dictionary of Modern American Usage

    (which many people use as a guide to "good" English):


    Staunch is preferable as the adjective ("trustworthy, loyal"),

    stanch as the verb ("to restrain the flow of [usually blood]").

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