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    The driver wriggled himself

    I am wondering if it is correct to use "wriggle" in my sentence, or maybe I need another verb.

    The driver wriggled himself out of a demolished car.

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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if it is correct to use "wriggle" in my sentence, or maybe I need another verb.

    The driver wriggled himself out of a demolished car.
    "Wriggled" is OK.
    But a "demolished car" is one that is destroyed on purpose. You would not have somebody in a "demolished car".
    I would change "demolished" to "damaged".
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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    A popular pastime among some Americans is the Demolition Derby. In this event, drivers fortify old cars, then drive them around a figure-eight dirt track ramming into one another. The winner is the driver of the last car still moving.

    Drivers of the other vehicles may indeed have to wriggle out of a demolished car.
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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

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    But a "demolished car" is one that is destroyed on purpose. You would not have somebody in a "demolished car".
    I disagree. We often refer to vehicles which have been in accidents as having been demolished as well.

    He was driving drunk and demolished his car.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    The driver wriggled himself out of a the demolished car.
    Since it's most likely the same car the driver was driving, I'm more inclined to use a definite article here.
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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I disagree. We often refer to vehicles which have been in accidents as having been demolished as well.

    He was driving drunk and demolished his car.
    I'd use "destroyed" there, not "demolished".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    As far as I know(being in the building line), "demolition" is normally used with buildings and not vehicles.
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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    As far as I know(being in the building line), "demolition" is normally used with buildings and not vehicles.
    Americans often use demolished and demolition as synonyms for destroyed and ​destruction.
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    Re: The driver wriggled himself

    I wouldn't use himself.

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