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    " a dead soldier" or "fallen soldier", which is better

    Hello guys. I guess most of you have read something about the controversy Mr. Trump made with the Khan family.

    "Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has attracted outrage by mocking a dead US Muslim soldier's mother."--BBC

    another term for the "dead"

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said in a statement: "This is going to a place where we've never gone before, to push back against the families of the fallen. There used to be some things that were sacred in American politics -- that you don't do -- like criticizing the parents of a fallen soldier even if they criticize you." ----CNN

    It seems bother term are acceptable, since they are used by the mainstream media. But my question is: does "fallen" sound better or more polite in this circumstances than "dead"?


    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Aug-2016 at 13:32. Reason: Enlarged font across the post to make it readable

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    Re: " a dead soldier" or "fallen soldier", which is better

    They are both OK. I would probably use fallen if I were trying to be very polite.

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