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    diffrence wounded and injured

    hi

    could you explain what is the difference between WOUNDED and INJURED?
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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    Hello fantasydew

    Here's a hint:

    • wounded in battle
    • injured in battle
    • injured in a car accident
    • wounded in a car accident

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    Thx for your reply Soup..

    But what if i were to use one of them in a sentence like" "The journalist was ...... by enemy fire as he tried to send a story by radio".
    Which of them is the best choice for this example? Enemy fire makes me think of battle. In this example i am allowed to use only one of them..

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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    Quote Originally Posted by fantasydew View Post
    hi

    could you explain what is the difference between WOUNDED and INJURED?
    THX!
    Essentially they mean the same, but sometimes the usage is different, eg.
    I injured my knee/head. BUT: I was wounded in the knee/head.etc.



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    I think injured in this sentence:-

    The journalist was injured by enemy fire as he tried to send a story by radio.

    For wounded, my sentence is:

    I was wounded in a bike accident last week. There were four open wounds on my legs.

    Please correct me if my sentences are wrong. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    Quote Originally Posted by fantasydew View Post
    But what if i were to use one of them in a sentence like" "The journalist was ...... by enemy fire as he tried to send a story by radio".
    Well, both work, but I'd choose wounded because we know the journalist was in a battle zone, so it wasn't an accident that he was hit by enemy fire.

    • wounded = battle


    • injured = accident


    Others may have a different perspective.

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    thank you all for your answers!

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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    You can be injured without a wound.
    You cannot be wounded without there being an injury.

    There are many injuries in battle that are not wounds. Broken legs, arms, concussions, spinal injuries, the list goes on.

    And, if at the time of a car accident, there is bloodloss, you are also wounded. It is an injury, resulting in a wound.

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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    You can be injured without a wound.
    You cannot be wounded without there being an injury.
    You might have to explain that.
    If you're implying that, in a wound, there has to be a breach in the integrity of the skin, this is wrong - though usage tends in that direction.
    For example, someone can wound your achilles heel by kicking you in the back of the ankle, even though there is no obvious visible wound.
    One can also be injured or wounded psychologically. They mean the same thing.
    Another thing to consider is that the usages of the terms in their different parts of speech are not always consistent. So the distinction in usage which the OP asked about - between "wounded" and "injured" - is not necessarily the same as that between "a wound" and "an injury".
    Last edited by Raymott; 29-May-2009 at 04:28.

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    Re: diffrence wounded and injured

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    You can be injured without a wound.
    You cannot be wounded without there being an injury.

    There are many injuries in battle that are not wounds. Broken legs, arms, concussions, spinal injuries, the list goes on.

    And, if at the time of a car accident, there is bloodloss, you are also wounded. It is an injury, resulting in a wound.
    I learn something new every time I read your posts. Thank you.

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