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    One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot (I was 9 or 10 at that time). It was approximately 4-5 inch long. It was on the road and I couldn't see it. It had gone all the way into my foot. I took it out myself and walked two KMs to my home with blood oozing out of that wound.

    Can I say "it went into my foot"? Do we call the lower part of our feet "sole"?

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    One day​, when I was 9 or 10, I was walking on the a road and I accidentally trod/stepped on a nail. stabbed my foot (I was 9 or 10 at that time).

    It was approximately 4-5 inches long (no full stop here) It was on the road and I couldn't see it. and it had gone went all the way into my foot. I took pulled it out myself and walked the two KMs kilometres to my home with blood oozing out of that the wound.

    Can I say "it went into my foot"? Yes.

    Do we call the lower part of our feet the "sole"? Yes, but there's no need to be so specific in this context. If you stepped on it, it's clear that it went into the sole of your foot.

    Please check my sentences.
    See above.

    Weren't you wearing shoes?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    a nail stabbed my foot
    I think the nail 'pierced' rather than 'stabbed' your foot.
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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Or it penetrated the sole of your shoe and went into/pierced your foot.
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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.

    Weren't you wearing shoes?
    No, I was wearing flip flops.

    I pulled it out myself and walked the two kilometres home. Is this sentence correct?

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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Having read post #2, I think it is correct, but I don't understand why 'the' is needed there.
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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It isn't obligatory. If used, it means that distance (two kilometres) that lay between the place of the incident and my home.
    But why "walked the two kilometers home" not "walked two kilometers to home"? Is latter incorrect or unnatural?

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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    'Home' is an adverb in 'walked home', so 'to' is not needed before it.
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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    But why "walked the two kilometers home" rather than not "walked two kilometers to home"? Is the latter incorrect or unnatural?
    See above. I didn't add a verb to the first sentence; there's an implied "use" or "write" after why.
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    Re: One day when I was walking on the road a nail stabbed my foot

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think the nail 'pierced' rather than 'stabbed' your foot.
    As Emrs says, it would be more natural turn it around. We step on the nail, the nail doesn't do something to us. The nail was just sitting there minding its own business.

    Single-word numbers - four, five, nine, ten - are usually spelled out. There isn't one consistent practice, though. Still, I like "about four or five inches long" better than "approximately 4-5 inches long."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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