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    Lost his foot to an infection

    Is it correct to say "lost his foot to an infection"?

    When Ben was twelve years old, he lost his right foot to an infection.

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    Re: Lost his foot to an infection

    Yes, you can say that.

    (I wouldn't use a comma where you did, but I have a limited supply and must use mine sparingly. )
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    Re: Lost his foot to an infection

    I would use a comma to delineate the two (dependent and independent) clauses in that sentence.

    If possible, say a bit more about the infection. Although some species of bacteria are very dangerous, and some have become resistant to antibiotics, a mere infection is unlikely to cause the loss of a foot.

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    #4

    Re: Lost his foot to an infection

    Maybe the infection had gotten so bad that his foot had to be amputated.

    (I hate it when that happens.)
    Last edited by Tarheel; 30-Jul-2019 at 21:59. Reason: Fix typo
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    Re: Lost his foot to an infection

    That's certainly possible. He may have had a compromised immune system or perhaps had gangrene or complications from diabetes. However, my comment still stands.

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    #6

    Re: Lost his foot to an infection

    I just want to say that I posted the above sentence to see if I have used the preposition correctly, because I was in doubt whether to use the preposition "to" or from", but of course, I could have added the reason why the infection of his foot led to an amputation.

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