He hurt/injured himself in a traffic accident

joham

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We say 'He was hurt/was injured in a traffic accident', but can we say 'He hurt/injured himself in a traffic accident'?

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Either construction is fine.
 

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I think he was a victim in the former and the culprit in the latter.
 

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Thank you so much for your help, GoesStation and thank you for your opinion, which arouses my curiosity. Does 'He was hurt/was injured in a traffic accident' mean exactly the same thing as 'He hurt/injured himself in a traffic accident' please? (I used to think they mean the same thing, but now I'm not sure.)
 

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If he was a passenger just sitting there and got hurt/injured, I think he did not hurt/injure himself but was hurt/injured.
 

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To me, 'He hurt himself' implies at least some degree of culpability.
 
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Thank you all for your great help. I think I understand this problem much better now.
 
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