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    When a bomb goes off, some fragments go to different directions and may hit and injure people.
    What do you call these dangerous fragments in English?
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    Re: fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    When a bomb goes off, some fragments go in different directions and may hit and injure people.
    What do you call these dangerous fragments in English?
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    Schrapnel. It's a German word, I believe, but it's the one we use.

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    Re: fragments

    The more common spelling is shrapnel.

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    Re: fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The more common spelling is shrapnel.
    I'm seriously starting to wonder how I was school spelling champion for 8 years in a row! I've always spelt it with a "c" and thought it was German. Not that I didn't believe you, Rover, but various dictionaries backed you up (of course).

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    Re: fragments

    Until today, I would have said that emsr2d2 was right, and Bob wrong.

    We live and learn.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrapnel_shell 

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    Re: fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Until today, I would have said that emsr2d2 was right, and Bob wrong.

    We live and learn.
    It was me wot writ it - not Bob.

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    Re: fragments

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It was me wot writ it - not Bob.
    It's so easy to mix up one genius for another...
    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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