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    Smile in a serious car accident

    Ted had a serious car accident.
    Ted was in a serious car accident.



    Are the above two statements about the same in meaning? Thanks.


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    Re: in a serious car accident

    The first implies that he was in some way involved personally in the accident [i.e. he was the driver]; the other merely indicates that he was one of the victims of an accident.

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    Re: in a serious car accident

    Thanks, Anglika.
    I couldn't sense the difference, though.


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    Re: in a serious car accident

    How about looking at it this way:

    Ted had = Ted was active in causing the accident
    Ted was in = Ted was passive - the accident happened to him.

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    Re: in a serious car accident

    Thanks, Anglika.
    Now I get it.

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