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    Have an accident vs have a wreck

    I had an accident three days ago.

    I had had an accident three days ago.

    I had a traffic accident three daysa ago.

    I had a wreck three days ago.

    I have been a wreck three days ago.

    Which one is more natural?

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    #2

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Quote Originally Posted by say hello View Post
    I had an accident three days ago.

    I had a traffic accident three days ago.
    Those two are OK.

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    #3

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Quote Originally Posted by say hello View Post

    I had a wreck three days ago.
    This one works as well, at least in AmE.
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    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Skrej, I would understand 'a wreck' to mean that your car was written-off (totalled) in an accident.

    Do you use 'wreck' for less serious accidents?

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    #5

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    In AusE, a wreck isn't an accident. A wreck is the result of an accident.
    "I wrecked my car" is possible, but not "I had a car wreck".

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    #6

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Again, does that always mean a total wreck, Ray?

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    #7

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    It does for me.

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    #8

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    I'm thinking it may be more Southern.
    I can clearly hear my sister referring to seeing "a wreck" on the highway or not wanting to get into "a wreck" without meaning a total loss. More than "fender-bender" though.
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    #9

    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Skrej, I would understand 'a wreck' to mean that your car was written-off (totalled) in an accident.

    Do you use 'wreck' for less serious accidents?
    Yes, I use 'wreck' and 'accident' interchangeably, with no real difference in the extent of the damage. Perhaps it's regional, but I will sometimes hear (and use) qualifiers before the two to clarify (i.e. 'bad accident' or 'small wreck').

    If it's minor damage, I'm more likely to call it a 'fender-bender'.

    Edit: 'wreck' can be used as a verb or noun in AmE.
    Last edited by Skrej; 08-Oct-2015 at 17:26. Reason: incoherency, expansion
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    Re: Have an accident vs have a wreck

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Again, does that always mean a total wreck, Ray?
    Yes, it's a write-off.

    Also, "getting wrecked" means becoming absolutely drunk, usually to the point of unconsciousness.
    Last edited by Raymott; 08-Oct-2015 at 19:01.

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