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    Hit by bullets.

    Hit by bullets.

    Two bystanders hit by bullets as police chase man in New York City.

    Is the phrase in red commonly used?

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    Quote Originally Posted by arun91 View Post
    Hit by bullets.

    Two bystanders hit by bullets as police chase man in New York City.


    Is the phrase in red commonly used?
    "Two bystanders shot" would be more common, but the original would not be rare. As this appears to be a headline, the shorter version would usually be more desirable.

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Two bystanders shot" would be more common, but the original would not be rare. As this appears to be a headline, the shorter version would usually be more desirable.
    Taking this a step further, the phrase "hit by bullets" often carries the implication that the bullets were not specifically aimed at the victim(s). On the other hand, "shot" more often means that the shooting was intentional - although it may also be accidental.

    Thus, reading the headline "Two bystanders hit by bullets as police....etc", I would guess that the bystanders were wounded by accident by either the police, or by the man they were chasing. Reading "Two bystanders shot as police chase....etc", I would guess that the man whom the police were chasing shot the bystanders deliberately.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    Taking this a step further, the phrase "hit by bullets" often carries the implication that the bullets were not specifically aimed at the victim(s). On the other hand, "shot" more often means that the shooting was intentional - although it may also be accidental.

    Thus, reading the headline "Two bystanders hit by bullets as police....etc", I would guess that the bystanders were wounded by accident by either the police, or by the man they were chasing. Reading "Two bystanders shot as police chase....etc", I would guess that the man whom the police were chasing shot the bystanders deliberately.
    The word "bystanders" does not suggest to me that they were shot on purpose -- exactly the opposite.

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    I certainly agree that the bystanders were accidental victims - the words "bystanders" and "hit by bullets" give me that impression. However, it is impossible to say whether they were shot by the police or by the man who was being chased.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    'Hit by bullets' can also mean that they were struck by ricocheting bullets.

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    Or indeed when someone trips in the doorway of a gun shop and accidentally spills his/her recent purchase of ammunition; the bullets don't have to be fired for them to hit someone. (Generally, 'hit' doesn't mean 'shot'.)

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    Re: Hit by bullets.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or indeed when someone trips in the doorway of a gun shop and accidentally spills his/her recent purchase of ammunition; the bullets don't have to be fired for them to hit someone. (Generally, 'hit' doesn't mean 'shot'.)

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    In this context, it is clear that the bullets were fired from some sort of firearm.

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