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    #1

    nervous that/nervous because

    1-I am nervous that he is hurt.

    Does this sentence mean:
    a-I am nervous because he is already hurt.
    or:
    b-I am nervous because he might get hurt.

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    #2

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I am nervous that he is hurt.

    Does this sentence mean:
    a-I am nervous because he is already hurt.
    or:
    b-I am nervous because he might get hurt.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    As always context is important, but at face value if I heard/read the statement, I would think the speaker/writer is nervous because he/she thinks he might already be hurt as a result of some event/accident. So, a- is closest to the meaning but it is not clear if that is what is meant without "might".


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    #3

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I am nervous that he is hurt.

    Does this sentence mean:
    a-I am nervous because he is already hurt.
    or:
    b-I am nervous because he might get hurt.

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    I would go with option A.

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    #4

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    I don't find "I am nervous that he is hurt." to be a natural sentence.

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    #5

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    They'd be more natural if you replaced 'nervous' with 'worried'.

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    #6

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    Thank you all very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    They'd be more natural if you replaced 'nervous' with 'worried'.
    But wouldn't
    a-I am worried that he is hurt.
    be different to:
    b-I am worried that he might be hurt.

    I think in 'a', the fact that he is hurt worries me. He is already hurt.
    In 'b', if I am not mistaken, he might be hurt now (I do not know) or he might get hurt.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #7

    Re: nervous that/nervous because

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you all very much.



    But wouldn't
    a-I am worried that he is hurt.
    be different to:
    b-I am worried that he might be hurt.

    I think in 'a', the fact that he is hurt worries me. He is already hurt.
    In 'b', if I am not mistaken, he might be hurt now (I do not know) or he might get hurt.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    In b it might be that he will be hurt or that he is hurt and you don't know it yet.

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