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    crunch or crack?

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    Which expression is correct in this context:
    There was no doubt in my mind that I had broken my leg. The excruciating flash of pain and the sickening _______________ of the bone told me the ugly truth.


    1) crunch or
    2) crack

    Please advise and explain. Thank you!

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    Re: crunch or crack?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_aurora View Post
    Hi!
    Which expression is correct in this context:
    There was no doubt in my mind that I had broken my leg. The excruciating flash of pain and the sickening _______________ of the bone told me the ugly truth.


    1) crunch or
    2) crack

    Please advise and explain. Thank you!
    Both are possible.

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    Re: crunch or crack?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Both are possible.

    Hi,
    But if there can only be one option, which would be better? Why? TIA!

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    Re: crunch or crack?

    If I had to choose one, "crack" comes closest to what I imagine a breaking bone sounds like. Personally, I would use "snap".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-May-2012 at 18:42.

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    Re: crunch or crack?

    Quote Originally Posted by blue_aurora View Post
    But if there can only be one option, which would be better? Why? TIA!
    If there is only one option it's a bad question.

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    #6

    Re: crunch or crack?

    I agree - it's a horrible question. It depends on the nature of the injury. There are crushing injuries, where "crunch" might be right, and there are other injuries where a "snap" or "crack" would be right. How could a test taker guess what type of injury the test creator had in mind?
    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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